US Pat. No. 10,428,042

COMPOUND USEFUL FOR MANUFACTURING SALACINOL, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE COMPOUND, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SALACINOL, METHODS FOR PROTECTING AND DEPROTECTING DIOL GROUP, AND PROTECTIVE AGENT FOR DIOL GROUP

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A method for manufacturing a compound represented by Formula (7b), comprising:
obtaining a compound represented by Formula (12) by reacting a compound represented by Formula (10) with a compound represented by Formula (11),

(in the formula, R7 is a C1-3 alkyl group which may be substituted),
R4ba-L1  (11)
(in the formula, R4ba is a p-toluoyl group; and L1 is a leaving group), and

(in the formula, each of R4ba and R7 has the same definition as described above);
then obtaining a compound represented by Formula (7a) by reacting the compound represented by Formula (12) with an acid and then subjecting the resulting compound to a reduction reaction,

(in the formula, R4ba has the same definition as described above); and then
subjecting the compound represented by Formula (7a) to a deprotection reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,039

PROCESS FOR PREPARING FURAN-2,5-DICARBOXYLIC ACID

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A process for preparing furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid, the process comprising the following steps:(A-1) preparing or providing a starting mixture comprising:
one, two, or more carbohydrate compounds selected from the group consisting of hexoses, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides,
and as a solvent or as a co-solvent for said carbohydrate compounds an amount of one or more carboxylic acid esters of a formula (II)

wherein for each of said carboxylic acid esters of formula (II):
R1 is hydrogen or a branched or linear, saturated or unsaturated or aromatic hydrocarbon radical having a total number of 21 carbon atoms or less, and
R2 is a branched or linear or cyclic, aliphatic hydrocarbon radical having a total number of 10 carbon atoms or less,
(A-2) subjecting said starting mixture to reaction conditions such that at least one of said one, two, or more carbohydrate compounds reacts, and a fraction of said amount of one or more carboxylic acid esters of formula (II) is hydrolyzed, such that a mixture results comprising:
5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural and/or one or more HMF esters of formula (I)

wherein for each of said HMF esters of formula (I), independently of each other, R1 is
(i) hydrogen or
(ii) a branched or linear, saturated or unsaturated or aromatic hydrocarbon radical having a total number of 21 carbon atoms or less,
one or more carboxylic acids of a formula (III)

wherein R1 is the same as defined for formula (I) above,
one or more alcohols R2-OH, wherein R2 is the same as defined for formula (II) above, and
a remaining fraction of said amount of one or more carboxylic acid esters of formula (II),
(B-1) subjecting
said mixture resulting in step (A-2) or
a mixture comprising 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural and/or one or more HMF esters of formula (I) obtained from said mixture resulting in step (A-2) by additional treatment steps
to oxidation conditions such that a product mixture results comprising furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid and one or more carboxylic acids of formula (III).

US Pat. No. 10,428,034

1,1,1-TRIFLUORO-3-HYDROXYPROPAN-2-YL CARBAMATE DERIVATIVES AND 1,1,1-TRIFLUORO-4-HYDROXYBUTAN-2-YL CARBAMATE DERIVATIVES AS MAGL INHIBITORS

Pfizer Inc., New York, N...

1. A compound of Formula I-a or I-a1:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
the moiety of “N(R1)(R2)” is a moiety of Formula a-26:

ring A2 is 5- or 6-membered cycloalkyl or heterocycloalkyl;
t2 is 0, 1, 2, or 3;
t3 is 0, 1, 2, or 3;
each of R5 and R6 is independently H or C1-4 alkyl;
R7 is H, C1-6 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, or R10, wherein the C1-6 alkyl of R7 is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of OH, halogen, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 haloalkoxy, and C3-6 cycloalkyl, and wherein the C3-7 cycloalkyl of R7 is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of OH, halogen, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 haloalkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, and C1-4 haloalkoxy;
R8 is L1-R11, -L2-R12, -L3-R13, -L4-R14, —C(R15)(Cy1)(Cy2), —C(R15)(Cy1)[—NR23—S(?O)2-Cy2], or -L5-N(-L6-Cy3)(-L7-Cy4);
each R9 is independently OH, oxo, halogen, optionally substituted C1-4 alkyl, optionally substituted C1-4 alkoxy, or optionally substituted C3-6 cycloalkyl;
R10 is —P(?O)(OR81)(OR82) or —S(?O)2OR90;
each of L1, L2, L3, and L4 is independently absent, —(CR21R22)m, —NR23—, —O—, —C(?O)—, —S(?O)2—, —S(?O)2—(CR21R22)n—, —C(?O)—(CR21R22)n—, —S(?O)2—NR23—, —C(?O)—NR23—, —(CR21R22)f1— NR23—(CR21R22)f2—, —(CR21R22)f1—O—(CR21R22)f2—, —C(?O)—NR23—(CR21R22)p—, or —S(?O)2—NR23—(CR21R22)p—;
L5 is absent or —(CR21R22)—;
L6 is absent or —(CR21R22)—;
L7 is absent, —(CR21R22)—, or —S(?O)2—;
R11 is 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R31;
R12 is 4- to 14-membered heterocycloalkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R32;
R13 is C6-10 aryl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R33;
R14 is C3-14 cycloalkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R34;
R15 is H, OH, halogen, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 alkyl, or cyclopropyl;
each of R21 and R22 is independently H, OH, halogen, C1-3 alkyl, or cyclopropyl, wherein the C1-3 alkyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of OH, halogen, C1-3 alkoxy, C1-3 haloalkoxy, and cyclopropyl;
R23 is H, C1-4 alkyl, or cyclopropyl;
each of R31, R32, R33, and R34 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —N(Ra)(Rb), —N(Rc)(C(?O)Rd), —N(Rc)(S(?O)2Rd), —C(?O)—N(Ra)(Rb), —C(?O)—Rd, —C(?O)—ORd, —OC(?O)—Rd, —N(Rc)(S(?O)2Rd), —S(?O)2—N(Ra)(Rb), —SRd, —S(?O)2Rd, —ORd, —OR35, —CN, C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-10 aryl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (C3-10 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, wherein each of the C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-10 aryl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (C3-10 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl- is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R36; and wherein each of the C1-6 alkyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, (C3-10 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl- is further optionally substituted one or more oxo;
each R35 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-10 aryl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (C3-10 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, wherein each of the C1-6 alkyl, C3-10 cycloalkyl, 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-10 aryl, 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (C3-10 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl- is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CN, —C(?O)C1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)OH, —C(?O)O—C1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)NHC1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)N(C1-4 alkyl)2, oxo, —OH, —OC(?O)—C1-4 alkyl, —OC(?O)O—C1-4 alkyl, —NH2, —NH(C1-4 alkyl), —N(C1-4 alkyl)2, —NHC(?O)C1-4 alkyl, —NHC(?O)OC1-4 alkyl, —NHC(?O)NHC1-4 alkyl, and C1-4 alkoxy;
each R36 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —OH, —NO2, —CN, —SF5, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, C1-6 haloalkoxy, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, a 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, —N(Ra)(Rb), —N(Rc)(C(?O)Rd), —C(?O)—N(Ra)(Rb), —C(?O)—Rd, —C(?O)—ORd, —OC(?O)—Rd, —N(Rc)(S(?O)2Rd), —S(?O)2—N(Ra)(Rb), —SRd, —S(?O)2Rd, and —ORd, wherein each of the C1-6 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, and heterocycloalkyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CN, —OH, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 haloalkyl, C1-4 haloalkoxy, C3-6 cycloalkyl, —N(Ra)(Rb), —N(Rc)(C(?O)Rd), —C(?O)—ORd, —C(?O)H, —C(?O)Rd, —C(?O)N(Ra)(Rb), —N(Rc)(S(?O)2Rd), —S(?O)2—N(Ra)(Rb), —SRd, —S(?O)2Rd, and —ORd;
each of R81, R82, and R90 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, and (C3-7 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, wherein each of the C1-6 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, and (C3-7 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl- is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CN, —OH, oxo, —NH2, —NH(C1-4 alkyl), —N(C1-4 alkyl)2, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 haloalkyl, C1-4 haloalkoxy, C3-6 cycloalkyl;
or OR81 and OR82, together with the P(?O) to which they are attached, form 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl that is further optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CN, —OH, oxo, —NH2, —NH(C1-4 alkyl), —N(C1-4 alkyl)2, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 haloalkyl, C1-4 haloalkoxy, and C3-6 cycloalkyl;
each of Cy1, Cy2, Cy3, and Cy4 is independently selected from the group consisting of R11, R12, R13, and R14;
each Ra is independently H, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 haloalkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, or (C3-7 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-;
each Rb is independently H or selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 haloalkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, a 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-10 aryl, a 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (C3-7 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, wherein each of the selections from the group is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of —OH, —CN, C1-4 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, C1-4 hydroxylalkyl, —S—C1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)H, —C(?O)—C1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)—O—C1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)—NH2, —C(?O)—N(C1-4 alkyl)2, C1-4 haloalkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, and C1-4 haloalkoxy;
or Ra and Rb, together with the N atom to which they are attached, form a 4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl or a 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, each optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —OH, oxo, —C(?O)H, —C(?O)OH, —C(?O)—C1-4 alkyl, —C(?O)—NH2, —C(?O)—N(C1-4 alkyl)2, —CN, C1-4 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, (C3-6 cycloalkyl)-C1-2 alkyl-, C1-4 alkoxy, C1-4 hydroxylalkyl, C1-4 haloalkyl, and C1-4 haloalkoxy;
each Rc is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-4 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, and (C3-7 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-;
each Rd is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-6 alkyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, a 4- to 14-membered heterocycloalkyl, C6-10 aryl, a 5- to 10-membered heteroaryl, (C3-7 cycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (4- to 10-membered heterocycloalkyl)-C1-4 alkyl-, (C6-10 aryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, and (5- to 10-membered heteroaryl)-C1-4 alkyl-, wherein each of the selections from the group is optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CF3, —CN, —OH, oxo, —S—C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 haloalkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C3-7 cycloalkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, and C1-4 haloalkoxy;
each of f1 and f2 is independently 0, 1, or 2, provided that the sum of f1 and f2 is 1, 2, or 3;
m is 1, 2, or 3;
n is 1, 2, or 3; and
p is 1, or 2.

US Pat. No. 10,428,033

PROCESS FOR THE PREPARATION OF VORTIOXETINE AND SALTS THEREOF

Piramal Enterprises Limit...

1. A process for the preparation of vortioxetine (I) or a salt thereof of formula,
consisting of the steps of reacting 2-((2,4-dimethylphenyl)thio)aniline (II) of the following formula;

with bis(2-alkyl)amine (IIIa) or its salt of the following formula;

wherein, X is a leaving group and R is H or a protecting group
in a cyclic amide solvent, either providing compound (I) directly if R is H; or providing compound (Ia) if R is a protecting group,

which on deprotection provides compound (I).

US Pat. No. 10,428,032

POLYMERIZABLE COMPOUND AND OPTICALLY ANISOTROPIC BODY

DIC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A compound represented by the following general formula (I):(wherein P3 represents a group selected from the formulae (P-1) to (P-3), the formula (P-6), the formula (P-10), the formula (P-12), and the formula (P-17) shown below:
Sp3 represents a linear alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —COO—, —OCO— or —OCO—O—, and plural Sp3's, if any, may be the same or different;
X3 represents —O—, —S—, —OCH2—, —CH2O—, —COO—, —OCO—, —CO—S—, —S—CO—, —O—CO—O—, —COO—CH2CH2—, —OCO—CH2CH2—, —CH2CH2—COO—, —CH2CH2—OCO— or a single bond;
k3 represents an integer of 1 to 10;
A1 and A2 each independently represent a 1,4-phenylene group, a 1,4-cyclohexylene group or a naphthalene-2,6-diyl group, and these groups may be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more substituents L's;
L represents a fluorine atom, a chlorine atom, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —OCO— or —OCO—, and arbitrary hydrogen atoms in the alkyl group may be substituted with a fluorine atom;
Z1 and Z2 each independently represent —OCH2—, —CH2O—, —CH2CH2—, —COO—, —OCO—, —CF2O—, —OCF2—, —COO—CH2CH2—, —OCO—CH2CH2—, —CH2CH2—COO—, —CH2CH2—OCO—, or a single bond, plural Z1's, if any, may be the same or different, and plural Z2's, if any, may be the same or different;
m1 and m2 each independently represent an integer of 0 to 6, provided that m1+m2 represents an integer of 0 to 6;
M represents a group selected from the following formulae (M-1) to (M-6):
(wherein the two bonds in the horizontal direction each mean a bond to R1-(A1-Z1)m1— or —(Z2-A2)m2-R2, the upper bond means a bond to the remaining group, these groups may be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more substituents LM's (LM represents a fluorine atom, a chlorine atom, a nitro group, a cyano group, a dimethylamino group, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —COO— or —OCO—, and arbitrary hydrogen atoms in the alkyl group may be substituted with a fluorine atom, or LM represents a group represented by PLM(SpLM-XLM)kLM— in which PLM represents a polymerizable group, the polymerizable group has the same meaning as P3, SpLM represents a spacer group or a single bond, plural SpLM's, if any, may be the same or different, the spacer group has the same meaning as Sp3, XLM has the same meaning as X3, plural XLM's, if any, may be the same or different, provided that PLM—(SpLM—XLM)kLM— does not contain an —O—O— bond, kLM represents an integer of 0 to 10, plural LM's, if any, in the compound may be the same or different), and arbitrary (—CH?)'s may be each independently substituted with —N?);Y represents a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, a chlorine atom, a nitro group, a cyano group or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —S—, —CO—, —COO—, —OCO—, —CO—S—, —S—CO—, —O—CO—O—, —CO—NH—, or —NH—CO—, and arbitrary hydrogen atoms in the alkyl group may be substituted with a fluorine atom;
W1 represents a group selected from the following formulae (W-7-7-1) to (W-14-7-1):
(wherein LW1 represents a fluorine atom, a chlorine atom, a nitro group, a cyano group, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —S—, —CO—, —COO— or —OCO—, arbitrary hydrogen atoms in the alkyl group may be substituted with a fluorine atom, plural LW1's, if any, in the compound may be the same or different, s represents an integer of 0 to 4, t represents an integer of 0 to 3, and u represents an integer of 0 to 2), provided that the group W1 does not contain an —O—O— bond;R1 represents a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, a chlorine atom, a cyano group, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —COO—, —OCO—, or —O—CO—O—, and arbitrary hydrogen atoms in the alkyl group may be substituted with a fluorine atom, or R1 represents a group represented by P1— (Sp1-X1)k1— (where P1 represents a polymerizable group, the polymerizable group has the same meaning as P3, Sp1 represents a spacer group, plural Sp1's, if any, may be the same or different, the spacer group has the same meaning as Sp3, X1 has the same meaning as X3, plural X1's, if any, may be the same or different, provided that P1—(Sp1-X1)k1— does not contain an —O—O— bond, and k1 represents an integer of 0 to 10); and
R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, a chlorine atom, a cyano group, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms in which one —CH2— or two or more (—CH2—)'s not adjacent to each other may be each independently substituted with —O—, —COO—, —OCO—, or —O—CO—O—, and arbitrary hydrogen atoms in the alkyl group may be substituted with a fluorine atom, or R2 represents a group represented by P2-(Sp2-X2)k2—(where P2 represents a polymerizable group, the polymerizable group has the same meaning as P3, Sp2 represents a spacer group, plural Sp2's, if any, may be the same or different, the space group has the same meaning as Sp3, X2 has the same meaning as X3, plural X2 's, if any, may be the same or different, provided that P2-(Sp2-X2)k 2— does not contain an —O—O— bond, and k2 represents an integer of 0 to 10),
provided that when R1 represents a group represented by P1—(Sp1-X1)k1— and R2 represents a group represented by P2—(Sp2-X2)k2—, at least one of Z1 and Z2 directly bonding to M represents —OCH2—, —CH2O—, —CH2CH2—, —CF2O—, —OCF2—, —COO—CH2CH2—, —OCO—CH2CH2—, —CH2CH2—COO— or —CH2CH2—OCO—).

US Pat. No. 10,428,025

ANTIFUNGAL COMPOUND PROCESS

Mycovia Pharmaceuticals, ...

1. A compound of formula VI* or VIa*, or a mixture thereof:
wherein each R1 is independently halo or

each Y1 is independently —OH, —OSO2-alkyl, —OSO2-substituted alkyl, —OSO2-aryl, —OSO2-substituted aryl, —O(C?O)-alkyl, —O(C?O)-substituted alkyl, —O(C?O)-aryl, —O(C?O)— substituted aryl, or halogen; and
each R12 is independently H, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted cycloalkyl, or optionally substituted hetrocyclyl.

US Pat. No. 10,428,024

PIPERIDINYL DERIVATIVES

MERCK PATENT GMBH, Darms...

1. A compound of formula I
in which
X—Y denotes CO—NA? or NA?-CO,
R1 denotes Ar or Het,
R2 denotes H or CH3,
R3 denotes H or A?,
Ar denotes phenyl, which is unsubstituted or mono-, di- or trisubstituted by Hal, NO2, CN, A, OR3, S(O)mR3, N(R3)2, COA, COOR3, CON(R3)2, SO2N(R3)2, NR3COR3, NR3SO2A and/or NR3CON(R3)2,
Het denotes a mono- or bicyclic saturated, unsaturated or aromatic heterocycle having 1 to 4 N, O and/or S atoms, which is unsubstituted or mono- or disubstituted by Hal, NO2, CN, A, OR3 S(O)mR3, N(R3)2, COA, COOR3, CON(R3)2, SO2N(R3)2, NR3COR3, NR3SO2A and/or NR3CON(R3)2,
A denotes unbranched or branched alkyl with 1-10 C-atoms, wherein one or two non-adjacent CH- and/or CH2-groups may be replaced by N-, O- and/or S-atoms and/or wherein 1-7 H-atoms may be replaced by R4,
R4 denotes F, Cl or OH,
A? denotes unbranched or branched alkyl with 1-6 C-atoms, wherein 1-5 H-atoms may be replaced by F,
A? denotes unbranched or branched alkyl with 1-4 C-atoms,
Hal denotes F, Cl, Br or I,
m denotes 0, 1 or 2,
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, tautomer or stereoisomer thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,428,021

TRIPLE REUPTAKE INHIBITORS AND METHODS OF THEIR USE

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals ...

1. A pharmaceutical composition, comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a compound selected from the group consisting of:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate or stereoisomer thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.

US Pat. No. 10,428,020

ANTIMICROBIAL COMPOUNDS AND NANOSTRUCTURES

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

15. A composition comprising:the compound of claim 1; and
a compound of formula (IV):

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
each of s and b of formula (IV) is independently an integer from 10 to about 100;
v of formula (IV) is an integer from 1 to 20;
R1 is —O—or —NH—; and
R2 is —CH3, biotin, pyridyl disulfide,

 thiolactonyl, or adamantyl.

US Pat. No. 10,428,017

MODULATORS OF THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS TRANSMEMBRANE CONDUCTANCE REGULATOR PROTEIN AND METHODS OF USE

Galapagos NV, Mechelen (...

1. A compound of Formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,whereinA1 is selected from the group consisting of

R1 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, OH, CN, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein the R1 C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, and C1-C6 alkoxy are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R7, OR7, SR7, NHR7, N(R7)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein the R1 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 haloalkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C1-C6 haloalkoxy, C(O)OH, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
one of R2A, R2B, R2C and R2D is hydrogen, and the remaining are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, R8, OR8, C(O)R8, C(O)OR8, SO2R8, NHR8, N(R8)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; or
two of R2A, R2B, R2C, and R2D a on adjacent carbons form a fused ring selected from the group consisting of phenyl, 5-6 membered heteroaryl, C3-C7 cycloalkyl, C4-C7 cycloalkenyl, and 4-7 membered heterocyclyl; and the remaining are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, R8, OR8, C(O)R8, OC(O)R8, C(O)OR8, SO2R8, NHR8, N(R8)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein the phenyl, 5-6 membered heteroaryl, C3-C7 cycloalkyl, C4-C7 cycloalkenyl, and 4-7 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R8, OR8, C(O)R8, OC(O)R8, C(O)OR8, SO2R8, NHR8, N(R8)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R3 is selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein the R3 C2-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkoxy, phenyl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein the R3 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R9, OR9, C(O)R9, OC(O)R9, C(O)OR9, SO2R9, C(O)NH2, C(O)NHR9, C(O)N(R9)2, NHC(O)R9, NHR9, N(R9)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and C1-C6 alkyl; wherein the R4 C1-C6 alkyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R10, OR10, SR10, NHR10, N(R10)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R5A, R5B, R5C, and R5D are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein the R5A, R5B, R5C, and R5D C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, and C1-C6 alkoxy are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C1-C6 thioalkyl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein the R5A, R5B, R5C, and R5D 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C(O)OH, NH2, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; or
R5A and R5B, together with the carbon atom to which they are attached, form a C3-C7 monocyclic cycloalkyl or a 4-7 membered monocyclic heterocycle; wherein the C3-C7 monocyclic cycloalkyl and the 4-7 membered monocyclic heterocycle are each optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C(O)OH, NH2, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; and
R5C and R5D are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein the R5C and R5D C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, and C1-C6 alkoxy are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C1-C6 thioalkyl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein the R5C and R5D 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C(O)OH, NH2, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; or
R5C and R5D, together with the carbon atom to which they are attached, form a C3-C7 monocyclic cycloalkyl or a 4-7 membered monocyclic heterocycle; wherein the C3-C7 monocyclic cycloalkyl and the 4-7 membered monocyclic heterocycle are each optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C(O)OH, NH2, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; and
R5A and R5B are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein the R5A and R5B C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, and C1-C6 alkoxy are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C1-C6 thioalkyl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein the R5A and R5B 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C(O)OH, NH2, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R6A, R6B, R6C, and R6D are each independently hydrogen;
R7, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein each R7 C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkoxy, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R7 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C1-C6 haloalkyl, oxo, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R8, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein each R8 C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R11, OR11, C(O)OR11, NHR11, N(R11)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R8 C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R12, OR12, C(O)OR12, NHR12, N(R12)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R9, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein each R9 C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R13, OR13, SR13, C(O)R13,NHR13, N(R13)2, C(O)OH, OH, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R9 6-10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of R14, OR14, C(O)R14, OC(O)R14, C(O)OR14, SO2R14, NHR14, N(R14)2, NH2, C(O)OH, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R10, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein each R10 C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R10 C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 5-6 membered heteroaryl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
R11, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C6-C10 membered aryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 5-6 membered heteroaryl; wherein each R11 C1-C6 alkyl and C1-C6 alkoxy is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R11 C6-C10 membered aryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 5-6 membered heteroaryl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, F, Cl, Br and I;
R12, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C6-C10 membered aryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 5-6 membered heteroaryl; wherein each R12 C1-C6 alkyl and C1-C6 alkoxy is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R12 C6-C10 membered aryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 5-6 membered heteroaryl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, F, Cl, Br and I;
R13, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, C3-C11 cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein each R13 C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; wherein each R13 C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 5-6 membered heteroaryl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I; and
R14, at each occurrence, is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, C2-C6 alkynyl, C6-C10 membered aryl, 5-11 membered heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, C4-C11 cycloalkenyl, and 4-12 membered heterocyclyl; wherein each R14 C1-C6alkyl, C2-C6 alkenyl, and C2-C6 alkynyl is optionally substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, 5-6 membered heteroaryl, 4-12 membered heterocyclyl, OH, oxo, CN, NO2, F, Cl, Br and I;
with the proviso that R3 is not C1-alkyl or thienyl;
with the proviso that, when R2A, R2B, R2C, and R2D are each hydrogen, R1 is not hydrogen;
with the proviso that, when R3 is imidazolyl, R9 is not CH2CH(CH3)2;
with the proviso that when R2B is Cl, R3 is not 2,4-dimethyl-5-thiazolyl or 2-cyano-3-fluorophenyl;
with the proviso that, when R3 is cyclohexyl, n-butyl or isopropyl, R2C is not OCH3;
with the proviso that, when R3 is 3-pyridinyl, R2C is not Cl; and
with the proviso that, when R3 is phenyl, R13 is not C(O)CH3.

US Pat. No. 10,428,016

COMPOUND COMPRISING AROMATIC RING, AND POLYELECTROLYTE MEMBRANE USING SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A compound comprising an aromatic ring represented by the following Chemical Formula 1:
in Chemical Formula 1,
Q is represented by the following Chemical Formula 2 or 3,
?CF2?  [Chemical Formula 2]
?CF2(CF2)n1O(CF2)n2CF2?  [Chemical Formula 3]
m, n1, and n2 are each an integer from 0 to 16,
when m is an integer of 2 or more, a plurality of Qs is the same as or different from each other,
two to four of R1 to R5 are the same as or different from each other, and are each independently a hydroxy group or a halogen group, and the other(s) is/are hydrogen,
R6 is selected from the group consisting of —SO3H, —SO3?M+, —COOH, —COO?M+, —PO3H2, —PO3H?M+, —PO32?2M+, and a group represented by the following Chemical Formula 4,

in Chemical Formula 4,
at least one of R7 to R11 is selected from the group consisting of —SO3H, —SO3?M+, —COOH, —COO?M+, —PO3H2, —PO3H?M+, and —PO32?2M+, and the others are hydrogen, and
M is a Group 1 element.

US Pat. No. 10,428,009

METHODS OF MAKING COMPOUNDS AND MIXTURES HAVING ANTIDEGRADANT AND ANTIFATIGUE EFFICACY

Eastman Chemical Company,...

1. A method of making an antidegradant compound, the method comprising:reacting a p-phenylenediamine corresponding to formula IV:

wherein X is selected from the group consisting of alkyl, aryl, alkylaryl groups and hydrogen;
with a dicarbonyl comprising glyoxal to thereby obtain a diimine;
isolating the diimine; and
reducing the diimine to thereby obtain a mixture comprising the antidegradant compound according to formula I:

wherein each X is independently selected from the group consisting of alkyl, aryl, alkylaryl groups and hydrogen; and
wherein R1? and R3 are each hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,427,997

MODULAR MEMBRANE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OLEFIN SEPARATION

1. A process to separate a hydrocarbon stream comprising a mixture of light olefins and light paraffins, said process comprising:(a) pretreating said hydrocarbon stream to remove impurities to produce a treated hydrocarbon stream;
(b) vaporizing said treated hydrocarbon stream to produce a gaseous treated hydrocarbon stream;
(c) adding water to said gaseous treated hydrocarbon stream;
(d) sending said gaseous treated hydrocarbon stream with water vapor to a first membrane module comprising a multiplicity of membrane units comprising membranes having a higher permeance and a lower selectivity than the membranes in the membrane units in a second membrane module to produce a first permeate stream comprising a higher concentration of light olefins than said gaseous treated hydrocarbon stream and a first non-permeate stream comprising a higher concentration of light paraffins than said gaseous treated hydrocarbon stream;
(e) sending said first permeate stream to said second membrane module comprising membrane units comprising membranes having a higher selectivity than said membranes in said membrane units in said first membrane module to produce a second permeate stream comprising at least 99% light olefins and a second non-permeate stream comprising a lower concentration of light olefins than said second permeate stream;
(f) sending said first non-permeate stream to a third membrane module comprising membrane units comprising membranes having a higher permeance and lower selectivity than said membranes in said membrane units in said second membrane module to produce a third permeate stream comprising a higher concentration of light olefin than said first non-permeate stream and a non-permeate stream comprising a majority concentration of paraffin;
(g) sending said third permeate stream to a fourth membrane module comprising membrane units comprising membranes having a higher selectivity than said membranes in said first membrane units in said first membrane module to produce a fourth permeate stream comprising a higher concentration of light olefin than said third permeate stream; and
(h) combining said fourth permeate stream with said first permeate stream, wherein said membrane units in said first membrane module and said third membrane module comprise a stable high performance facilitated transport membrane comprising a co-cast thin film composite flat sheet membrane comprising an asymmetric porous non-selective support layer and an asymmetric integrally skinned polyimide-containing selective layer on top of said asymmetric porous non-selective support layer wherein pores on the surface of said asymmetric integrally skinned polyimide-containing selective layer comprises a hydrophilic polymer, a metal salt or a mixture of a metal salt and hydrogen peroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,427,854

SYNTHETIC RESIN CONTAINER

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A synthetic resin container comprising a mouth portion as a dispensing spout for contents, a trunk portion extending contiguously with the mouth portion via a shoulder portion, and a bottom portion closing a lower end of the trunk portion, whereinthe trunk portion is provided with a plurality of reduced pressure absorbing panels that is formed as a plurality of ribs depressed to the inner side in the radial direction, extending in a vertical direction while twisting in a circumferential direction about a central axis of the trunk portion and that is arranged side by side in the circumferential direction of the trunk portion,
areas that are not reduced pressure absorbing panels are located between the reduced pressure absorbing panels in a circumferential direction and extend along the outer circumference of the trunk portion, and
each of the plurality of reduced pressure absorbing panels has a panel upper end, a panel lower end, and a narrow-width portion located in a region between the panel upper end and the panel lower end, a width of the reduced pressure absorbing panel in the narrow-width portion being narrower than widths of the reduced pressure absorbing panel in the panel upper end and the panel lower end.

US Pat. No. 10,427,838

ERGONOMIC BOWL THAT REDUCES STRESS ON WRISTS

1. A bowl, comprising:a. a container having a bottom, an outer circumference divided between an upper half and a bottom half;
b. a curved flange having a curved flange proximal end having a curved flange proximal width and is mounted perpendicularly to said upper half, said curved flange includes a curved flange bridge that connects said proximal end with a curved flange distal end;
c. said curved flange bridge includes a curved flange bridge width, said curved flange proximal end includes a curved flange proximal end width that is greater than said curved flange bridge width, said curved flange distal end includes a curved flange distal end width that is greater than said curved flange bridge width, said curved flange bridge also includes two lateral sides that are concave and each define a nook adapted to receive a purlicue of a user's hand, thereby permitting a user to ergonomically rotate said bowl towards themselves; and
d. said curved flange distal end curves downwards towards the bottom of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,427,836

COMBINATION SHIPPING AND DISPLAY PACKAGE

1. A combination shipping and display package, comprising:(a) a container for holding an article to be shipped, said container having a hollow article receiving interior, an open top, and an outwardly projecting lip at said open top;
(b) a stand for supporting said container and article, said stand having four sidewalls that form a rectangular structure, each side wall having a top edge, a bottom edge, an inner surface and an outer surface, and said side walls being interconnected in such a manner so as to be movable between a collapsed position wherein the walls fold into a substantially flat compact shape and an expanded position wherein the walls move into a substantially upright open shape; and
(c) a cap for covering said stand, said cap including an upper surface and a lower surface, and a groove formed in its outer periphery engageable with and receiving therein the top edges of the side walls of the stand to maintain said stand in said expanded position, and a central opening defining an inwardly projecting ridge engageable with the lip of said container to support said container within the interior of said stand, said cap further including at least one pocket formed therein defining a recess in the upper surface thereof, said pocket further defining a pair of outer sides depending from said lower surface thereof and disposed at 90 degrees to each other, each of said outer sides defines a planar surface that abuts against the inner surface of an adjacent side wall of said stand, and an arcuate-shaped inner side depending from said lower surface thereof and disposed oppositely of said outer sides to define an arcuate-shaped surface that abuts against the container within said stand.

US Pat. No. 10,427,773

STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLY FOR AN AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE WITH DOUBLE CURVATURE INCLUDING FRAMES WITH AN OPTIMIZED ORIENTATION

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. A structural assembly for forming a part of an aircraft fuselage, comprising:a fuselage skin having a double curvature; and
circumferential frames that comprise a web and a flange substantially orthogonal to the web and to which the fuselage skin is fixed,
wherein the circumferential frames comprise at least one first circumferential frame having a lower extremity and an upper extremity and conformed so that a first virtual straight line half-segment, which passes through the web and originates from a middle of a first virtual straight line segment connecting the lower extremity to the upper extremity, extending orthogonally to the first virtual straight line segment, intersects the fuselage skin at a point at which the first virtual straight line half-segment is substantially normal to the fuselage skin.

US Pat. No. 10,427,763

DEPLOYMENT AND RETRIEVAL METHODS FOR AUVS

Autonomous Robotics Limit...

1. A submersible device for deploying or retrieving autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), the submersible device comprising:two or more platforms arranged in a stack, wherein each platform is configured to carry two or more of the AUVs;
a port; and
a transfer mechanism comprising a transfer device arranged to load or unload the AUVs onto or from the platforms, and an actuator arranged to move the transfer device between the platforms and the port in order to transfer the AUVs between the platforms and the port.

US Pat. No. 10,427,755

CLUTCH FOR A MOTORCYCLE

1. A clutch lock, comprising:a handlebar clamp, capable of being secured about a handlebar of a motorcycle;
a solenoid clamp;
a first swivel means for swivelly securing said handlebar clamp adjacent said solenoid clamp;
a solenoid secured within said solenoid clamp and in electrical communication with a front brake lever;
a solenoid shaft protruding from a distal end of said solenoid;
a locking bracket;
a second swivel means for swivelly securing a proximal end of said locking bracket to a distal end of said solenoid shaft;
a lever captivating plate capable of retaining a clutch lever of said motorcycle therein; and,
a rotational means for securing a distal end of said locking bracket to a proximal end of said lever captivating plate;
wherein when said front brake lever is actuated, an electrical signal is conducted to said solenoid, resulting in an extension of said solenoid shaft;
wherein said extension of said solenoid shaft causes said second swivel means to swivel said locking bracket;
wherein when said locking bracket swivels, said locking bracket causes said rotational means to rotate said lever captivating plate; and,
wherein said rotation of said lever captivating plate retains said clutch lever of said motorcycle in a disengaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,754

CONTINUOUS DERAILLEUR OF BICYCLE

1. A continuous derailleur of a bicycle comprising:a drive shaft, a rotary shaft, a brake shaft, and a braking device;
the rotary shaft mounted on the drive shaft;
wherein the drive shaft includes a bevel gear member rotatably fitted thereon, and the bevel gear member has a first bevel gear and a second bevel gear;
wherein the drive shaft includes a first pedal shaft fixed on a first end thereof adjacent to the first bevel gear;
wherein the brake shaft includes a first interactive bevel gear disposed on a first end thereof and includes the braking device secured on a second end of the brake shaft, and a rotation speed of the brake shaft is controlled by controlling friction force of the braking device to the brake shaft so as to control a rotation speed of the first interactive bevel gear;
wherein the first interactive bevel gear meshes with the first bevel gear of the bevel gear member;
wherein the rotary shaft includes a second interactive bevel gear and a third interactive bevel gear which are rotatably connected on two ends of the rotary shaft respectively, and the second interactive bevel gear and the third interactive bevel gear mesh with the second bevel gear of the bevel gear member;
wherein the continuous derailleur further comprises an output bevel gear;
wherein the output bevel gear is rotatably fitted on a second end of the drive shaft, hence the second interactive bevel gear and the third interactive bevel gear mesh with the output bevel gear.

US Pat. No. 10,427,752

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle and having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion, the second end portion being mounted to a handlebar of the bicycle in a mounting state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to the bicycle;
a hydraulic cylinder provided on the base member and including a cylinder bore;
a piston movably provided in the cylinder bore, the cylinder bore and the piston defining a hydraulic chamber; and
a fluid passageway connected to the hydraulic chamber, the fluid passageway being provided inside the base member, a first part of the fluid passageway extending outside of the handlebar in the mounting state having a length longer than a stroke of the piston, the first part of the fluid passageway extending toward the second end portion, the first part tapering by becoming gradually narrower as the first part extends in a direction toward the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,751

BICYCLE-BRAKE-CALIPER ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle-brake-caliper attachment structure comprising:a base member configured to be coupled to a brake caliper configured to apply a braking force on a brake disc rotor configured to be rotatable about a rotational axis, the base member being configured to be attached to a bicycle frame such that relative position between the rotational axis of the brake disc rotor and the brake caliper is adjustable in a radial direction of the brake disc rotor such that brake caliper is adjustable between a first position and a second position that is offset from the first position in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,750

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE CALIPER ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake caliper assembly comprising:a main caliper body including a first coupling portion configured not to be directly attached to a bicycle frame;
at least one brake pad movably attached to the main caliper body; and
a mounting adapter including a second coupling portion configured to be detachably coupled to the first coupling portion, and a mounting portion configured to be mounted to the bicycle frame,
the first coupling portion of the main caliper body including a projection, and
the second coupling portion of the mounting adapter including a clamp, the clamp having a projection receiving opening to clamp the projection therein, the clamp further having a clamping portion defining the projection receiving opening and a clamping fastener operatively coupled to the clamping portion to adjust a size of the projection receiving opening,
the mounting portion of the mounting adapter including
a first mounting part disposed on a first side of the second coupling portion, the first mounting part including a first mounting bore defining a first mounting axis, and
a second mounting part disposed on a second side of the second coupling portion, the second side being opposite to the first side with respect to the second coupling portion, the second mounting part including a second mounting bore defining a second mounting axis,
the mounting adapter further including a fastening bore for receiving the clamping fastener, the fastening bore extends substantially parallel to the first and second mounting axes.

US Pat. No. 10,427,749

FORK WITH AN ADJUSTABLE LENGTH STEERER TUBE

1. A fork for receiving a front wheel thereto, the fork comprising:one or more fork blades, each fork blade including a blade proximal and blade distal end, the blade distal end including an opening configured to receive and retain an axle of the front wheel therein;
a steerer tube assembly including a bottom tube section and a first top tube section,
the bottom tube section including a bottom tube distal end and a bottom tube proximal end, the bottom tube distal end being operatively coupled with each blade proximal end, the bottom tube proximal end including one of (a) at least one longitudinally projecting tooth and (b) at least one valley, the bottom tube section further including a longitudinally-orientated bottom orifice proximate the bottom tube proximal end, an axis of the bottom orifice being coincident with a longitudinal axis of the bottom tube section,
the first top tube section including a top tube distal end and a top tube proximal end, the bottom tube distal end including the other of (a) the at least one longitudinally projecting tooth and (b) the at least one valley, the at least one tooth and the at least one valley being configured to mesh when the top tube section and the bottom tube section are operatively joined, the first top tube section also including a longitudinally-orientated top orifice including a circumferential shoulder, an axis of the top orifice being coincident with a longitudinal axis of the top tube section, the top orifice being accessible through the top tube proximal end; and
a securing fastener with a fastener head and a threaded shaft, the securing fastener being configured to be received through the top orifice with the fastener head butting against the circumferential shoulder and the threaded shaft being received threadably into the bottom orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,427,748

STEERED WHEEL SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A steered wheel support structure of a vehicle, the steered wheel support structure comprising:a knuckle member which supports an axle of a steered wheel in such a manner that the axle is rotatable around an axle line; and
a support member which is coupled to a vehicle body and supports the knuckle member from a first side in a vehicle width direction in such a manner that the knuckle member is angularly displaceable around a steering axis line extending in an upward and downward direction,
wherein the knuckle member includes:
an axle support section which supports the axle; and
two supported sections which are disposed on both sides in the upward and downward direction, of at least a portion of the axle support section, the two supported sections facing each other and being spaced apart from each other in the upward and downward direction, and
wherein the two supported sections are supported by the support member in such a manner that the two supported sections are angularly displaceable around the steering axis line, relative to the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,747

BICYCLE FRAME STRUCTURE HAVING A DROP-OUT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A bicycle frame structure having a drop-out, the bicycle frame structure comprising:a fixing bracket having a rail groove formed in a frontward and rearward direction and fixed to one side of the frame;
a movement member mounted to the fixing bracket to be movable forward and backward along the rail groove;
a drop plate fixed to the movement member and having a drop-out formed therein for fixing a wheel; and
an adjustment bolt screw-engaged by penetrating one side of the movement member, wherein a front end of adjustment bolt is supported by a fixing support formed in the fixing bracket, and wherein the movement member is moved along the rail groove according to rotation of the adjustment bolt,
wherein a protrusion is integrally formed in the fixing bracket, the protrusion fixed to the frame by being inserted into one side of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,427,745

FORECARRIAGE OF TILTING MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE THEREOF

1. Motor vehicle forecarriage comprisinga forecarriage frame,
a pair of front wheels kinematically connected to the forecarriage frame by means of an articulated quadrilateral,
said articulated quadrilateral comprising a pair of cross members, hinged to the forecarriage frame in correspondence of middle hinges,
said cross members being connected together, in correspondence of opposite transverse ends, by means of uprights pivoted to said transverse ends in correspondence of side hinges,
the cross members and the uprights defining said articulated quadrilateral,whereineach of the uprights guides and supports a stub axle of a front wheel, each upright extending from an upper end to a lower end,
wherein the left and right uprights rotatably support the left and right front wheels, respectively, around respective steering axes parallel to each other,
wherein each stub axle is mechanically connected to a rotation pin of a front wheel so as to rotatably support the front wheel around a related rotation axis,whereinthe forecarriage comprises, in correspondence with each stub axle, a steering tie-rod mechanically connected to the related stub axle to allow the steering of the stub axle and the related front wheel about the respective steering axes,wherein said steering tie-rod is rotatable about a respective steering axis, and extends from a first to a second anchoring end, wherein the first anchoring end is connected to the upper end of the upright and the second anchoring end is connected to the stub axle, said second anchoring end being movable with respect to the first anchoring end at least with respect to a springing or bumping direction, parallel to the steering axis, so as to follow the stub axle in a bumping movement parallel to the bumping direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,744

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a power source supported on the vehicle body frame; and
an energy storage section that stores energy for the power source, the energy storage section being fixed to the vehicle body frame in a first fixed section provided in a front portion of the energy storage section by a first fastening member and in a second fixed section provided in a rear portion by a second fastening member,
wherein:
the first fixed section fixes the energy storage section to the vehicle body frame in such a manner that a relative movement of the energy storage section in relation to the vehicle body frame is prohibited,
the second fixed section fixes the energy storage section to the vehicle body frame in such a manner that the relative movement of the energy storage section in relation to the vehicle body frame is permitted,
the second fixed section includes a grommet and a collar inserted into the grommet,
the collar includes a cylindrical shaft section inserted into a penetration hole formed in the grommet,
a length of the shaft section is larger than a length of the penetration hole and an outside diameter of the shaft section is smaller than an inside diameter of the penetration hole, and
the second fastening member penetrates a shaft hole of the shaft section and is fastened to the vehicle body frame.

US Pat. No. 10,427,742

INTEGRATED BICYCLE FRAME BAG

Bell Sports, Inc., Scott...

1. A bicycle frame bag comprising:a bag body including a bag top, a bag bottom, a first bag side and a second bag side opposite the first bag side, the first bag side connecting with the bag top and the bag bottom at first edges, the second bag side connecting with the bag top and the bag bottom at second edges opposite the first edges;
a first frame including at least a first arm and a second arm operatively coupled to each other to resiliently maintain a first angle between the first and second arms that is less than 10 degrees different from an angle between two adjacent tubes of a bicycle frame, the first frame positioned adjacent to the first edges of the first bag side of the bag body;
a second frame including at least a third arm and a fourth arm operatively coupled to each other to resiliently maintain a second angle between the third and fourth arms that is less than 10 degrees different from the angle between the two adjacent tubes of the bicycle frame, the second frame positioned adjacent to the second edges of the second bag side of the bag body;
at least a first stitch line disposed across at least a portion of the bag top between the first and second frames, a dimension of the portion of the bag top along the at least a first stitch line narrowing to less than a dimension of the bag top adjacent to the first and second edges; and
at least a second stitch line disposed across at least a portion of the bag bottom between the first and second frames, a dimension of the portion of the bag bottom along the at least a second stitch line narrowing to less than a dimension of the bag bottom adjacent to the first and second edges.

US Pat. No. 10,427,740

SPLIT OUTER SIDE PANEL JIG AND SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A system for hanging a split outer side panel on a rack in a manufacturing environment; the split outer side panel comprising a first part having a rear section, a top section, and a rear portion of a side sill, and a second part having an A-pillar, a B-pillar, and a front portion of the side sill; the system comprising:a jig for hanging the first part of the split outer side panel, wherein the jig replaces the second part in the manufacturing environment, and wherein the jig connects a free end of the rear portion of the side sill and a free end of the top section, thereby creating an opening that encircles a portion of the rack on which the split outer side panel is hanging, the jig comprising:
a first keyhole pin extending from a first surface of the jig, the first keyhole pin being received by a first keyhole in the first part; and
a second keyhole pin extending from the first surface of the jig, the second keyhole pin being received by a second keyhole in the first part.

US Pat. No. 10,427,739

METHOD FOR AVOIDING EDGE CRACKS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for manufacturing a motor vehicle comprising:separating a component out of a blank component by a separating method;
shaping the component;
assembling the component into a body of the motor vehicle;
determining the critical local expansion of the component with respect to the appearance of edge cracks due to an expansion of the component in a method wherein:
at least one expansion test is performed with at least one test component; and
a critical overall expansion is determined with the at least one expansion test;
wherein a local maximum expansion of the at least one test component is determined that the at least one test component exhibits at the time of the critical overall expansion of the at least one test component, and the local maximum expansion is the critical local expansion,
wherein a geometry for shaping the component and a geometry for the component fabricated in the separating method is configured such that a local expansion at an edge of the component is less than the critical local expansion of the component relative to an appearance of edge cracks due to the expansion of the component while shaping the component such that no cracks larger than 1 ?m are present on the edge of the component after shaping the component and the method further comprises determining the critical local expansion prior to shaping the component, and the geometry of shaping the component and the geometry of the component fabricated in the separating method are determined as a function of the critical local expansion determined to ensure that the expansion at the edge is smaller while shaping the component than the critical local expansion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,738

LIFTABLE AXLE SUSPENSION

Volvo Truck Corporation, ...

1. A suspension system for a vehicle, comprising:a frame including opposing longitudinal vehicle frame members; an axle, including wheels, provided with a lifted position and a lowered position;
opposing first and second frame hanger brackets mounted to the opposing longitudinal vehicle frame members;
an axle lift system adapted to lift or lower the axle;
steering stabilizers that are adapted to bias the wheels in a substantially longitudinally forward direction;
first upper and lower control arms that:
longitudinally locate a first end of the axle along the frame;
include first ends pivotably mounted to the first end of the axle via a first upper pivotable axle joint and a first lower pivotable axle joint, respectively, wherein the first upper and lower pivotable axle joints are substantially aligned with each other in a lateral direction and vertically spaced from each other in a vertical direction;
include second ends that are pivotably mounted to the first frame hanger bracket via first upper and lower pivotable hanger joints, respectively, wherein the first upper and lower pivotable hanger joints are spaced with respect to each other in the lateral direction and vertically spaced from each other in the vertical direction; and
diverge, in opposite directions, laterally inward and outward, respectively, from the first upper and lower pivotable axle joints to the first upper and lower pivotable hanger joints; and
second upper and lower control arms that:
longitudinally locate a second end of the axle along the frame;
include first ends pivotably mounted to the second end of the axle at second upper pivotable axle joint and a second lower pivotable axle joint, respectively, wherein the second upper and lower pivotable axle joints are substantially aligned with each other in a lateral direction and vertically spaced from each other in a vertical direction;
include second ends that are pivotably mounted to the second frame hanger bracket via second upper and lower pivotable hanger joints, respectively, wherein the second upper and lower pivotable hanger joints are spaced with respect to each other in the lateral direction and vertically spaced from each other in the vertical direction; and
diverge, in opposite directions, laterally inward and outward, respectively, from the second upper and lower pivotable axle joints to the second upper and lower pivotable hanger joints.

US Pat. No. 10,427,737

SHIM FOR TRACK ROLLER FRAME

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A shim for a track roller frame, the shim comprising:a first surface and a second surface, the first and second surfaces laterally spaced apart from each other, the first and second surfaces defining a thickness of the shim therebetween; and
a retention element formed on the shim, wherein the retention element is configured to position the shim on the track roller frame, restrict a movement of the shim relative to the track roller frame, and couple the shim to the track roller frame
wherein the retention element includes a flange projecting from the shim, and a first tab and a second tab laterally spaced apart from each other along the length of the shim.

US Pat. No. 10,427,736

WEAR RESISTANT STUDS FOR TRACKED VEHICLES

3. A wear resistant stud for a vehicle comprising:an elongate threaded stud member having a top surface;
a body of tungsten carbide on said top surface; and
a weld pool surrounding said body of tungsten carbide and said top surface of said stud member,
wherein said weld pool is slowly cooled from a hot applied state so as to assist with adhesion of the weld pool to the body of tungsten carbide by the application of head from frictional contact with a rotary wire brush.

US Pat. No. 10,427,735

DRIVE SPROCKET FOR A TRACKED UTILITY VEHICLE

MTD PRODUCTS INC, Valley...

1. A drive sprocket for driving a track of a tracked utility vehicle, said drive sprocket comprising:a pair of spaced-apart inner rings, wherein said inner rings are oriented in a substantially spaced-apart manner, each of said inner rings having a peripheral edge;
a plurality of rods attached to said inner rings adjacent to said peripheral edge thereof, said rods having a surface; and
a pair of guide rings fixedly attached to said rods, wherein each of said guide rings is attached adjacent to an opposing end of said rods, said guide rings being oriented substantially parallel to each other and said inner rings;
wherein a portion of said surface of said rods extend radially outward away from an outer peripheral surface of the inner rings relative to a rotational axis of said drive sprocket.

US Pat. No. 10,427,734

OMNIDIRECTIONAL TRACTION MODULE FOR A ROBOT

General Electric Company,...

1. A traction module for a robot, the traction module comprising:an outer frame;
a rotating frame rotatably mounted within the outer frame;
at least one drive system mounted within the rotating frame, the at least one drive system having a fixed orientation within the rotating frame, wherein the at least one drive system includes a set of positionable rollers movable between a flat mode and a clearance mode, wherein each of the set of positionable rollers has a respective axis of rotation and the flat mode aligns each axis of rotation of the set of positionable rollers in a plane and the clearance mode aligns each axis of rotation of the set of positionable rollers in at least two distinct planes; and
an actuator operatively connected to the rotating frame to controllably rotate the rotating frame to a desired orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,731

ADJUSTABLE MOUNT APPARATUS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES AND RELATED METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a rear gate;
a side extending forward relative to the rear gate; and
a mount having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion to receive an object to be carried by the mount, the first portion pivotably coupled to the second portion and rotatable relative to the second portion between a first position and a second position, the second portion slidably coupled to the side of the vehicle and translatable along the side of the vehicle between a third position and a fourth position, the second portion adjacent the rear gate when in the third position and further away from the rear gate when in the fourth position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,730

ACTIVE SIDE SHIELD

1. A method of actively managing aerodynamics of a pick-up truck, the pick-up truck including a cabin and a bed, a transition region being defined between the cabin and the bed in a region where the cabin transitions to the bed; the pick-up truck including a side shield, the side shield being movable between a stowed position and a deployed position, the side shield being located within a side wall of the bed when in the stowed position, and, when moving from the stowed position to the deployed position, the side shield extends at least partially out of the side wall in a direction toward the cabin when in the deployed position, the side wall including an aperture through which the side shield can be moved into and out of the stowed position and the deployed position, the method including:receiving an input indicating a position for the side shield, the position being one of the stowed position or the deployed position; and
causing the side shield to be moved into or maintained in the position indicated in the input, whereby the aerodynamics of the pick-up truck at the transition region are actively managed by the side shield being in the stowed position or the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,727

DEPLOYABLE AERODYNAMIC DEVICE FOR REAR OF A CARGO BODY

STEMCO PRODUCTS, INC., C...

1. An aerodynamic device for a rear of a cargo body comprising:a side panel mounted between a frame of the cargo body and to a support that hinges between a retracted position and a deployed position;
a mechanism that selectively biases the support to at least one of the retracted position and the deployed position;
a side take-up area into which the side panel is gathered in the retracted position;
a moving top frame member operatively connected to the support that coordinates movement of a top panel between the retracted position and the deployed position; and
a top take-up area into which the top panel is gathered in the retracted position,
wherein at least one of the side take-up area or the top take-up area includes a roller.

US Pat. No. 10,427,726

TRAILER SIDEWALL CONSTRUCTION

1. A removable panel for a sidewall of a container for transporting bulk material, the removable panel comprising a retaining flange relief at a longitudinal upper edge of the removable panel, wherein the retaining flange relief is sized and shaped to receive a retaining flange of the sidewall, and a lower panel relief at a longitudinal lower edge of the removable panel, wherein the lower panel relief is sized and shaped to receive an upward-extending arm of a corner slat of a walking floor of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,427,724

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE AIR COMPRESSOR SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a truck bed having a side panel extending upward from a floor panel;
a docking plate secured to an internal surface of the side panel and having a protruding middle section that defines a gap between the docking plate and the internal surface of the side panel;
a baseplate having first and second opposing externals surfaces, the second surface of the baseplate defining a plurality of orifices that includes a first subset of orifices patterned to receive fasteners for mounting a plurality of air compressor models having mounting footprints of varying dimensions, a second subset of orifices patterned to receive fasteners for mounting a plurality of air storage tank models having, mounting footprints of varying dimensions, and a third subset of orifices patterned to receive fasteners for mounting hose wrapping brackets;
a latching system extending from the first surface and engaging the docking plate to secure the baseplate thereto; and
an air compressor and an air storage tank, each secured to the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,723

MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle body, comprising:a lateral sill panel device, wherein the lateral sill panel device is made of fiber-reinforced plastic and includes an external wall element as an impact face; and
a floorpan structure, wherein the floorpan structure includes a transverse seat support which is made of fiber-reinforced plastic and which extends in a Y direction of the vehicle body substantially to the external wall element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,722

REINFORCING SYSTEM FOR REINFORCING A CAVITY OF A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG, Baar...

1. A reinforcing system for reinforcing a cavity of a structural element, a carrier element being connected to the structural element in the structural element for reinforcement purposes, the reinforcing system comprising:a carrier element having channels; and
an adhesive disposed in the cavity between the carrier element and the structural element,
wherein the adhesive is introduced into the cavity between the carrier element and the structural element by means of the channels,
wherein the channels are disposed on the carrier element,
wherein on the structural element, an opening is arranged by means of which the adhesive is introduced into the channels,
wherein the adhesive has a tension modulus of 1000 to 4000 MPa, and
wherein the adhesive has a maximum shear stress of 15 to 30 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,427,721

MOUNTING ELEMENT AND MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT IN A VEHICLE

1. A connection element to connect a heavy duty component to a hollow profile in a motor vehicle, the connection element comprising:a profile extension having a substantially rectangular cross-section with a top face and a bottom face, and a bore to permit a connection to the heavy duty component, the profile extension being configured for insertion into the hollow profile such that the top face and the bottom face are oriented parallel to and for support by a top face and a bottom face of the hollow profile; and
a flange face having a cross-section configured to protrude beyond the cross-section of the profile extension to lie against an outer side face of the hollow profile.

US Pat. No. 10,427,720

FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A front portion structure for a vehicle, the front portion structure comprising:a powertrain disposed in a front portion of the vehicle; and
a suspension cross member disposed behind the powertrain and extending along a width direction of the vehicle, the suspension cross member including a load receiving portion in the width direction of the vehicle, the load receiving portion being disposed at a highest point of the suspension cross member with respect to the vehicle, wherein:
the powertrain includes an abutting bracket configured to abut against the suspension cross member when the powertrain moves backward during a front collision of the vehicle, and
the abutting bracket is disposed on a lower side of a differential case of a differential device with respect to the vehicle, the differential device being provided in a transaxle of the powertrain and at a position facing the load receiving portion of the suspension cross member, the abutting bracket being disposed inside a recessed portion in a lower surface of the transaxle, the lower surface of the transaxle being disposed on the lower side of the differential case.

US Pat. No. 10,427,719

INTERIOR PANELS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS...

1. An interior panel for a motor vehicle, the interior panel comprising:a substrate;
a skin covering at least partially overlying the substrate;
a foam disposed between the skin covering and the substrate; and
a gas-receiving hollow structure at least partially disposed in the foam, wherein the gas-receiving hollow structure has an opening configured for receiving gas and comprises a wall that at least partially surrounds a chamber that is in fluid communication with the opening, wherein the opening is disposed in and completely covered by the foam.

US Pat. No. 10,427,718

TRUCK DRIVELINE SUSPENDER

1. A driveline suspension system, comprising in combination:a vehicle having a driveline extending from an engine to drive wheels, said driveline disconnected from said drive wheels;
an elongate, adjustable length crossbar configured to be interposed between longitudinally extending frame members of said vehicle with said driveline detached from said drive wheels thereof;
a saddle removably attachable to said crossbar; and
said saddle having a width at least as great as a width of said driveline.

US Pat. No. 10,427,717

HITCH ASSIST SYSTEM WITH HITCH COUPLER IDENTIFICATION FEATURE AND HITCH COUPLER HEIGHT ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hitch assist system of a vehicle, comprising:an imager configured to capture one or more images containing a trailer having a hitch coupler;
a touchscreen display configured to show a view of the trailer and register one or more touch events thereon for specifying a location of the hitch coupler; and
a controller configured to:
generate an overlay on the display, wherein the location that the overlay is generated on the display is predetermined and the overlay has a predetermined dimension that corresponds to a minimum acceptable displayed width of the trailer;
instruct a user to position the vehicle such that the minimum acceptable displayed width of the trailer occupies the overlay on the display; and
generate an icon on the display at the specified location of the hitch coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,427,716

HITCH ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

19. A hitch assist method comprising the steps of:detecting a hitch coupler of a trailer;
generating a boundary area projecting from the hitch coupler;
defining a vehicle backup path toward the trailer if a tow hitch of a vehicle is located inside the boundary area; and
determining a steering angle for steering the vehicle along the vehicle backup path.

US Pat. No. 10,427,715

DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A driving support apparatus comprising:a camera detecting an other vehicle travelling on a second lane adjacent to a first lane on which an own vehicle is travelling;
a proximity controller generating a warning to a driver of the own vehicle;
a turn signal lever that turns on an indicator to indicate intention of a driver of the own vehicle to change from the first lane to the second lane; and
a controller and a storage storing a program that causes the controller to:
acquire information containing at least a size of the other vehicle detected by the camera;
compare a size of the own vehicle with that of the other vehicle and increase a distance of a detection range towards a rear side in a traveling direction of the own vehicle when the acquired size of the other vehicle is larger than a size of the own vehicle to secure an increased braking distance for the other vehicle between the own vehicle and the other vehicle when the own vehicle moves to the second lane;
determine whether the other vehicle is located in the detection range; and
determine whether the turn signal lever is operated in a direction in which the own vehicle is to be moved towards a same side as that where the other vehicle is detected,
wherein the proximity controller is activated when the other vehicle is determined to be in the detection range and the turn signal lever is determined to be operated in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,714

STEERING FEEL CONTROL DEVICE IN STEER-BY-WIRE SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A steering feel control device in a steer-by-wire system, the device comprising:a pressure member configured to be rotated in a predetermined direction or in an opposite direction to the predetermined direction within a predetermined rotation path depending on a direction in which a steering wheel is rotated;
a push block rotatably provided in the predetermined rotation path of the predetermined direction or the opposite direction;
a first elastic member configured to provide elastic restoration force with respect to a rotation direction of the pressure member to enable elastic variation in a rotational displacement between the pressure member and the push block; and
a second elastic member configured to provide elastic restoration force with respect to a rotation direction of the push block to enable elastic variation in a rotational displacement when the push block is rotated away from the pressure member, the second elastic member having an elastic constant smaller than an elastic constant of the first elastic member and being provided in a pre-compressed state at a steering angle neutral position to have elastic force greater than elastic force of the first elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,713

STEERING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A steering apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a controller configured to transmit steering control signals on the basis of a first input signal from a torque sensor configured to sense torque of a steering shaft and a second input signal from any one of a location sensor, a camera sensor, a distance sensor, a vehicle speed sensor, and a vehicle height sensor, wherein the controller is configured to, when receiving the first input signal and the second input signal simultaneously, transmit the steering control signal in response to the first input signal;
a first steering power assist configured to generate steering force by rotating the steering shaft or supplement steering force of the steering shaft rotating forward or backward, using electric power in response to the steering control signal from the controller; and
a second steering power assist configured to switch channels for working fluid, depending on forward or backward rotation of the steering shaft, and steer wheels by operating a tie rod or a knuckle using hydraulic pressure of the working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,427,712

AUTOMATIC DRIVING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An automatic driving system comprising:an electric power steering apparatus; and
a control apparatus that performs automatic steering control for controlling the electric power steering apparatus to make a vehicle travel along a target traveling route while allowing a steering intervention by a driver;
wherein the control apparatus is programmed to perform:
determining processing to determine whether the automatic driving system is working well or not working well, based on tracking condition of the target traveling route by the vehicle; and
coping processing to increase a degree with which the steering intervention by the driver is reflected to a control variable of the electric power steering apparatus when the automatic driving system is determined to be not working well.

US Pat. No. 10,427,711

METHOD OF SELF-DIAGNOSIS FOR POWER STEERING ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A power steering assembly comprising:a steering unit configured to steer a device and a motor operatively connected to the steering unit;
a controller in communication with the motor and including a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method;
wherein the steering unit is configured to be rotatable by the motor based on a command by the controller to the motor;
wherein execution of the instructions by the processor causes the controller to:
determine if one or more enabling conditions are met, the one or more enabling conditions including an ignition of the device being on and a speed of the device being zero;
if each of the one or more enabling conditions are met, then cause the steering unit to rotate through a plurality of angles from an original position, via the command to the motor such that the steering unit is rotated by the motor only, the steering unit being caused to rotate first in a forward direction up to a predefined maximum angle, second in a reverse direction up to a negative of the predefined maximum angle and third in the forward direction back to the original position;
obtain motor torque data characterizing respective motor torque of the motor at the plurality of angles;
compare the motor torque data to predetermined baseline data; and
control the assembly based at least partially on the motor torque data and the predetermined baseline data.

US Pat. No. 10,427,710

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. An electric power steering apparatus of a vector control system that calculates steering assist command values of dq-axes based on at least a steering torque, calculates dq-axes current command values from said steering assist command values, converts said dq-axes current command values into 3-phase duty command values, driving-controls a 3-phase brushless motor by an inverter of a pulse width modulation (PWM) control, and applies an assist torque to a steering system of a vehicle,wherein said electric power steering apparatus has two dead time compensating functions A and B of which efficiencies to perform a dead time compensation of said inverter are different,
wherein said dead time compensating function A is a compensation function based on motor terminal voltages and has an effect in a low speed steering maneuver, and said dead time compensating function B is a compensation function based on a motor rotational angle and has an effect in a low speed steering maneuver and a middle speed steering maneuver, and
wherein said dead time compensation is performed by gradually switching from one of said dead time compensating functions A and B to other dead time compensating function while mixing said dead time compensating functions A and B.

US Pat. No. 10,427,709

ELECTRIC MOTOR AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric motor for driving a drive subject, comprising:a case that is an aluminum die-cast product and includes:
a case tubular portion that is shaped into a tubular form; and
a case bottom portion that closes one end part of the case tubular portion;
a frame that is an aluminum die-cast product and includes:
a frame main body that is placed at an inside of an opposite part of the case tubular portion, which is opposite from the case bottom portion, wherein an outer wall of an outer peripheral portion of the frame main body is opposed to an inner wall of the case tubular portion, and a receiving space is formed by the frame main body, the case tubular portion and the case bottom portion; and
a frame hole that is formed in a center part of the frame main body;
a stator that is shaped into a ring form and is received in the receiving space, wherein the stator is coaxial with the case tubular portion and is not rotatable relative to the case tubular portion;
a winding that is wound around the stator;
a shaft that is inserted through the frame hole and is rotatably supported by a center part of the case bottom portion and the frame hole;
a rotor that is rotatable together with the shaft, wherein an outer wall of the rotor is opposed to an inner wall of the stator, and an inner wall of the rotor is fixed to an outer wall of the shaft; and
a seal member that is placed between the case tubular portion and the drive subject and liquid tightly seals between the case tubular portion and the drive subject.

US Pat. No. 10,427,708

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOTOR DRIVEN POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method for controlling a motor driven power steering (MDPS) system, comprising:detecting, by a controller, a current position of a rack bar;
comparing, by the controller, the current position of the rack bar with a preset maximum position of the rack bar to generate a comparison result;
updating, by the controller, a maximum position of the rack bar according to the comparison result; and
setting, by the controller, a rack end stop control section using the updated maximum position of the rack bar.

US Pat. No. 10,427,707

DUAL-PINION ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A dual-pinion electric power steering device comprising:a rack shaft that causes a turnable member to turn;
a first pinion shaft to which a steering force from a steering wheel is transmitted;
a first rack teeth disposed on the rack shaft and capable of meshing with the first pinion shaft;
a second pinion shaft to which a rotational driving force from a rotational driving source is transmitted;
a second rack teeth disposed on the rack shaft and capable of meshing with the second pinion shaft;
a first pressing member disposed across the rack shaft from the first pinion shaft such that the rack shaft is interposed between the first pressing member and the first pinion shaft, the first pressing member configured to press the rack shaft against the first pinion shaft; and
a second pressing member disposed across the rack shaft from the second pinion shaft such that the rack shaft is interposed between the second pressing member and the second pinion shaft, the second pressing member configured to press the rack shaft against the second pinion shaft,
wherein the first pressing member has a lower rigidity than the second pressing member, the first pressing member is made of a material having a lower rigidity than the second pressing member, and the first pressing member is made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,427,706

STEERING COLUMN WITH A BEARING SEAT WHICH CAN BE MOUNTED IN A FLEXIBLE MANNER

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column for a motor vehicle, the steering column comprising:a casing tube that extends along a longitudinal axis and has an at least partially non-circular inner cross section;
a steering spindle that is mounted in at least one bearing in the casing tube so as to be rotatable about the longitudinal axis, wherein the at least one bearing comprises an outer ring that for purposes of mounting interacts with an inner bearing surface disposed on the steering spindle, wherein the outer ring fits in an adapter comprising an outer circumferential configuration that is compatible with the at least partially non-circular inner cross section of the casing tube and an interior annular bearing seat, wherein the at least partially non-circular inner cross section of the casing tube that is compatible with the adapter extends over a length of at least three times a bearing width of the at least one bearing; and
fastening elements for fastening the steering column to the motor vehicle,
wherein the inner cross section of the casing tube is bounded by an inner circumferential surface, the inner cross section comprising at least two partially cylindrical surfaces between which rectangular grooves are disposed, and
wherein the at least two partially cylindrical surfaces bound a tubular guide into which an inner casing tube is inserted for rotation therewith and in an axially displaceable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,427,705

STEERING WHEEL WITH FIXED ECCENTRIC CENTER HUB

GM Global Technology Oper...

8. An automotive vehicle, comprising:a plurality of vehicle wheels;
a steering system comprising
a steering column assembly;
a steering wheel assembly secured to the steering column assembly, the steering wheel assembly comprising a steering wheel frame, a steering wheel rim, and a hub; and
an emulator providing steering torque feedback via the steering wheel assembly, the emulator comprising a motor enclosed within a housing, the motor coupled to the steering column assembly;
wherein the steering wheel frame and the hub are stationary and the steering wheel rim rotates relative to the steering wheel frame and the hub;
wherein the steering wheel assembly is positionable between a stowed position and an unstowed position; and
wherein the steering system is connected to the vehicle wheels for steering the vehicle wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,427,704

UNIVERSAL COUPLING DEVICES

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A universal support clip for coupling a mobile electronic device to a shopping cart, comprising:a bar clamping member, comprising:
a first end having a gap;
a second end opposite the first end, the second end having a unitary single piece base portion constructed and arranged to accommodate a plurality of different device mount interfaces, a center of the base portion including an opening, the gap along a same axis as the opening; and
a body portion between the first and second ends, the body portion including a curved interior wall for receiving a portion of a handlebar of the shopping cart from the first end in an open state and for securing to the portion of the handlebar when the first end is in a closed state;
a device mount interface of the plurality of different device mount interfaces at the second end of the bar clamping member for coupling the mobile electronic device to the universal support clip; and
a universal adapter extending from the device mount interface and mating with the opening in the center of the base portion at the second end of the bar clamping member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,703

ROLLING CART WITH TILTABLE FRAME

1. A slab moving device comprising:a rolling cart;
a generally planar frame, tiltably mounted on said cart;
said frame tiltable between a horizontal and a vertical position;
at least one tilt lock with a locking member releasably engaged between said tiltable frame and said rolling cart,
a pivot plate having at least one aperture for receiving said locking member such that said tiltable frame will lock into a horizontal position during a pivot motion,
at least one automatically retracting lifter foot retractably mounted at an edge of said tiltable frame, and
at least one transit chock spaced apart from at least one vertically extendable strut to form a gap of a predetermined width, into which can be received a slab secured to said tiltable frame, and
at least one handle effecting disengagement of said at least one tilt lock.

US Pat. No. 10,427,702

MODULAR UTILITY CART WITH REMOVABLY POSITIONABLE BINS AND DRAWER

Suncast Technologies, LLC...

1. A modular utility cart comprising:a bottom platform, said bottom platform including a bottom surface and a top surface, said bottom surface including a plurality of casters secured thereto to provide movement to said modular utility cart,
a plurality of support posts each having a bottom end and a top end, said bottom end of each said support post secured to said top surface of said bottom platform,
a top platform separated vertically from said bottom platform by said plurality of said support posts, said top platform including a top surface and a bottom surface, said bottom surface of said top platform secured to said top end of said support posts, said support posts include a pair of first support posts and a pair of second support posts, wherein said top end of said first and said second support posts include at least one integrally formed intermeshing key, said intermeshing keys interlocking with conjugately shaped sockets formed into said bottom surface of said top platform, said first set of support posts are attached at a front end of said utility cart, said second set of support posts are attached at a back end of said utility cart, said top platform including an upstanding wall extending around the perimeter of said top platform wherein each said second support post is constructed to include an open faced U-shaped channel having a back wall and opposing sidewalls, said back wall including a plurality of open pockets, each open pocket having a top surface that is sized to cooperate with at least one bin to retain said at least one bin in position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,701

APPLIANCE STAND AND DOLLY

1. A portable platform for an appliance, comprising:a base platform having an upper wall and a bottom wall;
a pair of front foot assemblies, each capable of being adjustable relative to said base platform;
a pair of rear foot feet assemblies, each capable of being adjustable relative to said base platform;
a pair of rotating caster assemblies located on a front of said base platform;
a pair of fixed caster assemblies located on a rear of said base platform; and,
four stay assemblies, each affixed to and located adjacent to a corner of said base platform upper wall;
wherein each stay assembly is configured to securely retain a leg of said appliance therein;
wherein said pair of rotating caster assemblies includes a caster wheel mounted via an axle to a caster frame, said caster frame mounted to a caster plate, wherein said caster plate is rotatably attached to said base platform bottom wall; and
wherein said pair of rotating caster assemblies are mounted within a recessed area;
wherein said base platform includes a protective coating;
wherein each of said pair of front foot assemblies includes a first foot base, a first shaft adjustably attached to said base platform, said first shaft having a first shaft first end affixed to said first foot base, and each of said pair of rear foot assemblies includes a second foot base and, a second shaft adjustably attached to said base platform, said second shaft having a second shaft first end affixed to said second foot base;
wherein each of said pair of front foot assemblies includes a first non-marring surface located on a bottom surface of said first foot base and, each of said pair of rear foot assemblies includes a second non-marring surface located on a bottom surface of said second foot base;
wherein said second shaft passes through said base platform bottom wall and said base platform upper wall;
wherein each of said pair of front foot assemblies includes a first non-marring surface located on a bottom surface of said first foot base, and, each of said pair of rear foot assemblies includes a second non-marring surface located on a bottom surface of said second foot base;
wherein said leveling feet provides leveling ability to compensate for uneven floors.

US Pat. No. 10,427,696

METHOD OF PRODUCING PLATE SPRING FOR RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method of producing plate springs for a railcar bogie,the plate springs each extending in a car longitudinal direction and elastically supporting a cross beam while being supported by an axle box in the railcar bogie, the axle box accommodating a bearing for an axle,
the method comprising:
a molding step of molding a mother plate made of fiber-reinforced resin by using a die, the mother plate including a layer made of continuous fibers oriented in a first direction when viewed from a normal direction of a main surface of the mother plate;
a cut position determining step of determining positions of a plurality of parallel cut lines for cutting the mother plate along the first direction, including end portions of the mother plate, each end portion having a smaller width than the plate spring and the end portions being located on the mother plate in a direction orthogonal to the first direction, the cut position determining step performed after the molding step; and
a cutting step of cutting the mother plate along the plurality of cut lines to take out the plate springs made of the fiber-reinforced resin and the end portions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,693

VEHICLE-SURROUNDING MONITORING DEVICE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle-surrounding monitoring device comprising:a line-of-sight direction determination section that determines a direction of a line of sight of a driver;
an obstacle determination section that determines whether an obstacle is disposed in a predetermined direction around a vehicle; and
a notification control section that notifies notification information indicating a determination result of the obstacle determination section in an other direction around the vehicle with a notification unit when it is determined that the direction of the line of sight of the driver is one direction around the vehicle, wherein:
the notification unit includes a voice output unit that outputs voice information as the notification information; and
when it is determined that the direction of the line of sight of the driver is the one direction around the vehicle, the notification control section controls the voice output unit on an other direction side around the vehicle to output the voice information indicating the determination result of the obstacle determination section in the other direction around the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,692

VEHICLE CONTROL MODULE WITH SIGNAL SWITCHBOARD AND INPUT TABLES

Crown Equipment Corporati...

1. A computer-based vehicle control module capable of operating on one of first and second materials handling vehicles comprising:a module input table comprising a superset of module input elements, wherein the superset of module input elements comprises a first subset of module input elements related to a first set of hardware devices provided on the first vehicle and a second subset of module input elements related to a second set of hardware devices provided on the second vehicle;
at least one configuration table comprising respective configuration elements corresponding to ones of the superset of module input elements, wherein each respective configuration element comprises data related to effect a transformation of a value associated with the corresponding module input element of the module input table;
vehicle function input elements related to vehicle function inputs utilized on the first vehicle and the second vehicle; and
structure for determining a value associated with a module input element of the module input table corresponding to a vehicle function input element, transforming the value to a transformed value and linking the transformed value with the corresponding vehicle function input element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,691

METHOD FOR DETECTING THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A method for determining the longitudinal direction of travel of a vehicle, said method comprising:a step (a) of collecting a first signal (Signal1) from a torque sensor, representing a first driving parameter, wherein the sign of the variations of said first signal does not depend on the longitudinal direction of travel of the vehicle, and the first parameter is a torque exerted by a driver of the vehicle on a steering wheel of the vehicle,
a step (b) of collecting a second signal (Signal2) from a stability control system sensor, representing a second driving parameter distinct from the first driving parameter, and wherein the sign of the variations of said second signal changes depending on the longitudinal direction of travel of the vehicle, wherein the second parameter is a yaw rate (??) of the vehicle, then
a step (c) of comparing signs, said step (c) comprising:
a static comparison (c1) between the signs of respective instantaneous values of the first and second signal (Signal1), (Signal2), wherein the sign of the instantaneous value of the first signal (Signal1) is compared with the sign of the instantaneous value of the second signal (Signal2) in order to determine therefrom the longitudinal direction of travel of the vehicle, depending on whether said signs are identical or on the contrary different from each other, and
a dynamic comparison (c2) wherein the sign of the variation of the first signal (Signal1) over a predefined time period is compared with the sign of the variation of the second signal (Signal2) over the predefined time period in order to determine therefrom the longitudinal direction of travel of the vehicle, depending on whether said signs are identical or on the contrary different from each other,
a step of determining a confirmed longitudinal direction of travel based on the longitudinal direction of travel determined by the static comparison (c1) and the longitudinal direction of travel determined by the dynamic comparison (c2), and
a step of using, by an onboard computer in the vehicle, the determined confirmed longitudinal direction of travel of the vehicle to inhibit determination of an absolute angular position of a steering wheel of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,690

CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for controlling a host vehicle,the host vehicle comprising:
a driver monitor camera configured to capture a face of a driver of the host vehicle; and
an information providing system configured to provide information to the driver of the host vehicle, wherein
the control system comprises a driver condition monitoring part configured to monitor a condition of the driver based on a captured image of the driver monitor camera, and
the driver condition monitoring part is configured
to judge if the face of the driver fits in an angle of view of the driver monitor camera based on the captured image of the driver monitor camera and
to provide the driver through the information providing system with movement information relating to movement necessary for fitting the face of the driver in the angle of view when judging that the face of the driver does not fit in the angle of view of the driver monitor camera.

US Pat. No. 10,427,689

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control device mounted to an own vehicle to control the own vehicle according to a position of an other vehicle ahead of the own vehicle, the vehicle control device comprising:at least one electronic control unit including a processor and memory, the electronic control unit configured to:
acquire a first position based on a reflected wave, that is reflected from the other vehicle and received by a radar sensor, the first position comprising a position of the other vehicle relative to the own vehicle;
acquire a second position based on an image of the other vehicle that is captured by an imaging sensor, the second position comprising a position of the other vehicle relative to the own vehicle;
set, in the memory, a determination region correlated with a first parameter, the first parameter indicating a position of the other vehicle relative to the own vehicle in a lateral direction perpendicular to a path of the own vehicle, the determination region indicating whether the other vehicle is in the path of the own vehicle;
acquire, from the memory, the first parameter according to a fusion position in response to a deviation between the first position and the second position being smaller than a predetermined value, wherein the fusion position is a position calculated based on the first position and the second position;
acquire, from the memory, the first parameter according to the first position in response to the deviation being equal to or greater than the predetermined value;
calculate a second parameter based on the fusion position and the determination region in response to the deviation being smaller than the predetermined value; and
calculate a third parameter based on the first position and the determination region in response to the deviation being equal to or greater than the predetermined value,
wherein in response to the deviation transitioning from a state of being smaller than the predetermined value in a previous control cycle to a state of being equal to or greater than the predetermined value, the electronic control unit acquires the first parameter according to the first position such that the second parameter acquired in the previous control cycle based on the fusion position gradually changes to the third parameter based on the first position in a subsequent control cycle, and
wherein the electronic control unit controls at least one of an engine control unit and a brake control unit by outputting a control signal to keep a distance between the own vehicle and the other vehicle according to a determination of whether the other vehicle is in the path of the own vehicle that is based on the determination region and the first parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,427,688

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control system of a vehicle, comprising:an automatic transmission having a frictional engageable element configured to be engaged when starting the vehicle to travel;
a brake controller that is operated by a vehicle driver to apply a braking force to vehicle wheels; and
a processor configured to execute:
a neutral idle controlling module to execute, when a given neutral idle condition is satisfied in a vehicle stopped state where a gear range of the automatic transmission is a traveling range, a neutral idle control in which the frictional engageable element is disengaged to bring the automatic transmission into a neutral state, and to release the neutral idle control when a vehicle start request is issued;
a hydraulic pressure calculating module to calculate, while the neutral idle control is executed or when the neutral idle control is to be released, a target value of hydraulic pressure supplied to an engaging hydraulic pressure chamber of the frictional engageable element according to a value of a given parameter;
a hydraulic pressure controlling module to control the hydraulic pressure supplied to the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber according to the target value calculated by the hydraulic pressure calculating module; and
a brake hold controlling module to execute, when a given brake hold condition is satisfied in the vehicle stopped state, a brake hold control in which the braking force to the vehicle wheels is held regardless of the brake controller not being operated, and to release the brake hold control when the vehicle start request is issued,
wherein the hydraulic pressure calculating module includes:
a first calculating submodule executed to calculate the target value according to a first calculation, in a period from the issuance of the vehicle start request when the neutral idle control is executed and the brake hold control is not executed in the vehicle stopped state until the frictional engageable element is engaged; and
a second calculating submodule executed to calculate the target value according to a second calculation configured so that a calculated value is lower than in the first calculation when the value of the given parameter is the same, in a period from the issuance of the vehicle start request when the neutral idle control and the brake hold control are executed in the vehicle stopped state until the frictional engageable element is engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,427,687

SPEED RATIO BASED GOVERNOR SELECTION

5. A system for improving a perceived ease of operation in a work vehicle with an internal combustion engine, comprising:a torque converter coupled at one end to the internal combustion engine and at an opposite end to a transmission via at least a transmission input shaft;
an all speed governor configured to adjust an internal combustion engine speed when the all speed governor is in an enabled state;
a torque governor configured to adjust an internal combustion engine torque when the torque governor is in the enabled state; and
a vehicle control unit communicatively coupled to the transmission input shaft and the internal combustion engine wherein the vehicle control unit receives a first speed signal representative of a transmission input shaft speed and a second speed signal representative of the internal combustion engine speed, and commands an engine control unit to enable the torque governor when a ratio of the first speed signal to the second speed signal exceeds a first predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,686

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an automated driving controller configured to
automatically control at least one out of acceleration, deceleration, and steering of a vehicle,
perform automated driving control in one mode of a plurality of predetermined different modes which require different levels of automated driving, which comprise a first mode and a second mode, the first mode requiring a lower degree of a responsibility for a driver to monitor surroundings of the vehicle and allowing a higher permission level of a non-driving operation as compared with the second mode, and
transition the first mode to the second mode among the plurality of predetermined different modes in accordance with a travel environment of the vehicle; and
an informing section configured to predict a timing at which the mode of the automated driving will transition from the first mode to the second mode and to inform a driver in the vehicle of a predicted period of continuation time of the second mode when the second mode is started, based on the predicted timing of transitioning from the first mode to the second mode,
wherein the informing section comprises a predicted period of continuation time calculation section that calculates the predicted period of continuation time based on a current position of the vehicle and traffic information related to a route to a destination the vehicle is travelling to,
wherein the informing section informs the driver of the predicted period of continuation time calculated by the predicted continuation time calculation section, and
wherein the predicted continuation time calculation section
calculates a distance on a route of travel by the vehicle based on the current position of the vehicle and a position at which the congestion is predicted to end obtained from the traffic information, and calculates a first period of time based on the calculated distance and the vehicle speed of the vehicle,
calculates a second period of time for the vehicle to reach a predetermined speed by acceleration of the vehicle at a predetermined acceleration from the position at which the congestion is predicted to end, and
calculates the predicted period of continuation time based on the calculated first period of time and the calculated second period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,427,685

VEHICLE CAPABLE OF REGENERATIVE BRAKING, AND CONTROL METHOD OF A VEHICLE CAPABLE OF REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle capable of regenerative braking, comprising:a motor that is configured to be driven with electric power;
a mode selector switch that is configured to be switched by a driver of the vehicle to selectively set a drive mode of the vehicle in an accelerator-off state between an ordinary mode that decelerates the vehicle and a deceleration enhanced mode that decelerates the vehicle with higher deceleration force than deceleration force in the ordinary mode; and
a controller that is configured to perform regenerative control of the motor so as to decelerate the vehicle with a first deceleration force when the ordinary mode is set by the mode selector switch, or perform regenerative control of the motor so as to decelerate the vehicle with a second deceleration force that is greater than the first deceleration force when the deceleration enhanced mode is set by the mode selector switch, in order to decelerate the vehicle in the drive mode, wherein
when an accelerator stroke based on a driver's depression of an accelerator becomes higher than a cancellation threshold in the event that the drive mode is set to the deceleration enhanced mode by manually setting the mode selector switch, the cancellation threshold being a predetermined value of the accelerator stroke greater than zero, the controller changes the drive mode that is set to the deceleration enhanced mode by manually setting the mode selector switch from the deceleration enhanced mode to the ordinary mode.

US Pat. No. 10,427,684

MODIFYING A VEHICLE STATE BASED ON THE PRESENCE OF A SPECIAL-PURPOSE VEHICLE

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

13. A system comprising:one or more processors onboard a first vehicle, the one or more processors being configured to:
receive sensor data from a sensor of a first vehicle, wherein the sensor of the first vehicle initiates detection of information regarding a second vehicle;
determine, based on the received sensor data, whether the second vehicle that shares a road with the first vehicle is a special purpose vehicle;
determine, based on the received sensor data, a position of the second vehicle relative to the first vehicle;
when the second vehicle is determined to be a special purpose vehicle, determine an action to be performed by the first vehicle; and
communicate with one or more vehicle systems of the first vehicle, the communicating causing the first vehicle to perform the determined action using the one or more vehicle systems.

US Pat. No. 10,427,683

VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE AND VEHICLE DISPLAY METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGES

JVC KENWOOD Corporation, ...

1. A vehicle display device comprising:an image acquisition unit that acquires an image around a vehicle;
a distance acquisition unit that acquires a first distance between a first object included in the acquired image and the vehicle;
an image processing unit that processes the acquired image such that a distance to a second object located beneath the first object included in the acquired image is reflected, in accordance with the first distance acquired in the distance acquisition unit, by deleting the second object in the acquired image when the second object is positioned such that the second object is hidden from view by the first object in a view of the vehicle from above and is not hidden from view by the first object in the acquired image;
a viewpoint transformation processing unit that subjects the acquired image thus processed to viewpoint transformation to produce a bird's-eye image as viewed from above the vehicle; and
a display control unit that causes a display unit to display the bird's-eye image.

US Pat. No. 10,427,682

ADAPTIVE METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE SPEED AND ADAPTIVE DEVICE FOR USING THE SAME

1. An adaptive method for controlling a vehicle speed, which controls a vehicle speed of a host vehicle that is driving, a front vehicle drives in front of the host vehicle, there is a vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the front vehicle, the adaptive method comprising:(a) setting an upper-limited acceleration as well as a lower-limited acceleration in which the upper limited acceleration is larger than the lower limited acceleration, and setting the vehicle speeds corresponding to the upper-limited acceleration as well as the lower-limited acceleration and the vehicle distances corresponded thereof;
(b) continuously retrieving a plurality of first accelerations of the host vehicle within a first period and retrieving the vehicle speeds corresponding to the plurality of first accelerations and the vehicle distances corresponded thereof;
(c) determining whether the plurality of first accelerations are zero within the first period:
if no, dividing the plurality of first accelerations into a first high part, a first middle part, and a first low part in which the first acceleration of the first middle part is less than the first acceleration of the first high part and larger than the first acceleration of the first low part; and
if yes, ending;
(d) determining whether highest the first acceleration of the first middle part is larger than the upper-limited acceleration and determining whether lowest the first acceleration of the first middle part is less than the low-limited acceleration:
when the highest the first acceleration of the first middle part is not larger than the upper-limited acceleration and the lowest the first acceleration of the first middle part is not less than the low-limited acceleration, replacing the highest the first acceleration with the upper-limited acceleration, replacing the lowest the first acceleration with the low-limited acceleration, and executing operation (e);
when the highest the first acceleration of the first middle part is larger than the upper-limited acceleration and the lowest the first acceleration of the first middle part is not less than the low-limited acceleration, replacing the lowest the first acceleration with the low-limited acceleration and executing operation (e);
when the highest the first acceleration of the first middle part is not larger than the upper-limited acceleration and the lowest the first acceleration of the first middle part is less than the low-limited acceleration, replacing the highest the first acceleration with the upper-limited acceleration and executing operation (e); and
when the highest the first acceleration of the first middle part is larger than the upper-limited acceleration and the lowest the first acceleration of the first middle part is less than the low-limited acceleration, executing operation (e); and
(e) controlling the vehicle speed of the host vehicle according to all the accelerations of the first middle part, their corresponding the vehicle speeds and the vehicle distances corresponded thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,427,681

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL VEHICLE DECELERATION DURING ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A controller for a host vehicle having adaptive cruise control comprising:an input for receiving a signal indicative of a detected target object;
a communications port for transmitting and receiving messages; and
control logic adapted to:
determine an actual time gap behind the detected target object;
transmit a deceleration message having a deceleration value at the communications port in response to the actual time gap being less than a predetermined minimum time gap;
receive a torque message from a vehicle retarder indicating that the vehicle retarder actual torque value is less than a requested torque value;
determine the actual time gap is less than the predetermined minimum time gap;
receive an engine speed value at the communications port;
transmit a transmission control message requesting the transmission to shift to a lower gear in response to the engine speed being less than or equal to a minimum engine speed value; and
transmit another deceleration message in response to the actual time gap being less than the predetermined minimum time gap, wherein at least one of an associated transmission and an associated braking system respond to decelerate the host vehicle in response to the transmission control message and the deceleration messages.

US Pat. No. 10,427,678

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOW SPEED LATERAL CONTROL OF A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for providing low speed lateral steering control for an autonomously driven or semi-autonomously driven vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, from at least one vehicle sensor, sensor data corresponding to a road wheel angle;
determining, by one or more data processors, a plurality of waypoints indicating a planned vehicle path of travel;
defining, by the one or more data processors, a road wheel angle search range based at least in part on a maximum road wheel angle rate;
determining, by the one or more data processors, a steering control goal using the road wheel angle that tracks and measures a difference between a current vehicle path and the planned vehicle path and defining a relationship between a steering command and a cost function, the cost function including a cost associated with a radial error and a cost associated with a heading error;
determining, by the one or more data processors, an optimal steering control signal using the road wheel angle and the steering control goal; and
providing the control signal to a steering controller.

US Pat. No. 10,427,677

OBJECT TRACKING PRIOR TO AND DURING A COLLISION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising: detecting an object in an environment of a motor vehicle;in a first phase:
a processor tracking the object relative to the motor vehicle based on sensor data obtained from at least one sensor and using a first movement model of the motor vehicle; and
the processor controlling movements of the motor vehicle based on the tracking of the first phase;
detecting a collision of the motor vehicle with an obstacle;
the processor determining from which direction the obstacle collides with the motor vehicle in the detected collision; and
in a second phase:
the processor tracking the object relative to the motor vehicle based on sensor data obtained from only that of the at least one sensor which faces away from the determined direction of the collision and using a second movement model of the motor vehicle; and
the processor controlling the movements of the motor vehicle based on the tracking of the second phase.

US Pat. No. 10,427,676

TRAJECTORY PLANNER FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING USING BéZIER CURVES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A processor-implemented method for automated driving of a vehicle, comprising:receiving, by one or more data processors, vehicle state data, map data, and vehicle object environment data;
generating, by the one or more data processors, a first trajectory path using trajectory waypoints determined via a graph-based approach that is optimal with respect to the vehicle state data, the map data, and the vehicle object environment data;
generating, by the one or more data processors, an updated trajectory path based on the vehicle state data and the vehicle object environment data, including performing a trajectory assessment using properties of Bézier curves such that the updated trajectory path matches a current vehicle state;
determining, by the one or more data processors, whether the updated trajectory path satisfies an environmental constraint
in response to the updated trajectory path not satisfying the environmental constraint, updating a speed profile of the updated trajectory path using properties of Bézier curves;
determining, by the one or more data processors, whether the updated trajectory path with the updated speed profile satisfies the environmental constraint;
in response to the updated trajectory path with the updated speed profile not satisfying the environmental constraint, updating a spatial component of the updated trajectory path using properties of Bézier curves;
determining, by the one or more data processors, whether the updated trajectory path with the updated speed profile and the updated spatial component satisfies the environmental constraint;
in response to the updated trajectory path with the updated speed profile and the updated spatial component not satisfying the environmental constraint, generating a second trajectory path using trajectory waypoints determined via a graph-based approach; and
in response to the updated trajectory path with the updated speed profile and the updated spatial component satisfying the environmental constraint, providing the updated trajectory path to a controller of the vehicle for implementing a driving scenario plan.

US Pat. No. 10,427,675

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ACTUATING A CLUTCH OF A MANUAL TRANSMISSION DURING AUTONOMOUS BRAKING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system for actuating a clutch of a manual transmission of a vehicle comprising:a vehicle sensor network configured to detect objects surrounding the vehicle and generate sensor data;
an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system configured to automatically initiate an AEB event based on the sensor data;
a clutch hydraulic line fluidly coupling a hydraulic braking system with a clutch hydraulic master cylinder and configured to supply hydraulic fluid to the clutch hydraulic master cylinder;
a brake controller in communication with the AEB system, the brake controller configured to automatically actuate a braking system of the vehicle when the AEB event is initiated, the brake controller further configured to control fluid flow and pressure from the braking system to the clutch hydraulic master cylinder when the AEB event is initiated,
a clutch control module in communication with the AEB system, the clutch control module configured to
determine that an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system has initiated an AEB event;
automatically actuate the clutch to disengage the engine from the manual transmission;
continue to actuate the clutch for the duration of the AEB event; and
release the clutch when the AEB event has completed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,674

EVASION AND BRAKE-ASSIST SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An evasion and brake-assist system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a sensory system for sensing a traffic environment of the vehicle;
an actuator system for providing interventions in a steering system and a brake system of the vehicle; and
an electronic control device implementing an emergency evasion function that checks whether an emergency evasive maneuver is necessary based on data supplied by the sensory system, and then acts on dynamics of the vehicle via the actuator system to assist a vehicle driver in initiating and/or executing the emergency evasive maneuver, wherein the electronic control device performs a first collision probability determination for the motor vehicle and initiates the emergency maneuver if the first probability determination reaches a specific value;
wherein in a first phase of the emergency evasive maneuver, the emergency evasion function intervenes exclusively in a transverse dynamics by actuating a steering system of the vehicle and maintaining a braking system of the vehicle in a deactivated state,
wherein only in a second phase after the first phase, the emergency evasion function makes a decision on whether an intervention in a longitudinal dynamics will also take place,
wherein in the second phase of the emergency evasive maneuver, the emergency evasion function continues intervening in the transverse dynamics through the actuating of the steering system and initiates the intervention in the longitudinal dynamics while the intervention in the transverse dynamics is continued, the intervention in the longitudinal dynamics including actuating the braking system to produce a symmetrical braking of left and right wheels of the vehicle,
wherein the electronic control device detects a countersteering by the vehicle driver that acts against the first phase of the emergency evasive maneuver,
wherein, in response to a detection of the countersteering, the electronic control device performs a second collision probability determination for the vehicle,
wherein the electronic control device implements the intervention in the longitudinal dynamics in response to the second collision probability determination indicating a need for the intervention in the longitudinal dynamics and
wherein the second collision probability determination is executed after the first collision probability determination.

US Pat. No. 10,427,673

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a plurality of autonomous driving vehicles, comprising:a storage unit configured to store a location of an autonomous driving difficult section on a map in association with a predetermined release condition, the autonomous driving difficult section being a traveling section where autonomous driving is difficult; and
a control unit configured to acquire from the plurality of autonomous driving vehicles reporting data of each of the autonomous driving vehicles through communication, the reporting data including a location of the vehicle on the map and at least one of reliability of the autonomous driving, difficulty state information indicative of the autonomous driving being difficult or not difficult, and a result of driver intervention, and the control unit being configured to determine whether or not to release the autonomous driving difficult section on the map based on the acquired reporting data and on the location and the predetermined release condition of the autonomous driving difficult section stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,672

CONSIDERATION OF RISKS IN ACTIVE SENSING FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:(i) receiving, by a computing system, information from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle, wherein one or more control processes for the autonomous vehicle are based upon the information;
(ii) determining, by the computing system, an information-improvement value that corresponds to an active-sensing action including a lane change from a current lane to another lane, wherein the lane change is performable by the autonomous vehicle to potentially improve the information upon which at least one of the control processes for the autonomous vehicle is based;
(iii) determining, by the computing system, a risk cost that corresponds to the active-sensing action including the lane change;
(iv) determining, by the computing system, whether or not the risk cost is less than a threshold risk cost;
(v) if the risk cost is less than the threshold risk cost, then initiating the active-sensing action including the lane change; and
(vi) otherwise, if the risk cost is greater than or equal to the threshold risk cost, then making an adjustment to the active-sensing action including the lane change.

US Pat. No. 10,427,671

VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle stability control device comprising:a front active stabilizer installed on a side of a front wheel of a vehicle;
a rear active stabilizer installed on a side of a rear wheel of the vehicle;
a turning device configured to turn the front wheel and the rear wheel; and
a control device configured to perform load distribution control in conjunction with turning control that actuates the turning device, when a difference in braking force between a left side and a right side of the vehicle exceeds a threshold value during braking, wherein
a first side is one of the left side and the right side with a greater braking force, and a second side is another of the left side and the right side,
in the load distribution control, the control device actuates the rear active stabilizer in a direction to lift up the first side and actuates the front active stabilizer in a direction to lift up the second side, and
in the turning control, the control device turns the front wheel and the rear wheel in directions to counteract a yaw moment caused by the difference in the braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,427,670

SUPPLEMENTAL HYDRAULIC MOTOR FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A machine powertrain that includes a power source connected to a continuously variable transmission, the continuously variable transmission comprising:a transmission input shaft driven by the power source;
a variator including a variator input driven by the transmission input shaft, a variable displacement motor, and a variator output driven by the variable displacement motor;
a planetary gear arrangement having first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set, the first planetary gear set having a first planetary gear arrangement input connected to a first planet carrier and a first ring gear connected to a second planet carrier of the second planetary gear set, and the second planetary gear set having a second ring gear connected to a second planetary gear arrangement input, wherein the first planetary gear arrangement input is driven by the transmission input shaft and the second planetary gear arrangement input is driven by the variator output;
a planetary output shaft having a first planetary output;
a forward output system having a first forward drive gear operatively coupled to the first planetary output, and a forward output gear operatively connected to a transmission output shaft;
a first clutch connected to the second planet carrier and configured to releasably engage the planetary output shaft to cause the first planetary output to rotate with the second planet carrier;
a second clutch connected to the first planetary output and configured to releasably engage a sun gear shaft of the planetary output shaft connected to a second sun gear of the second planetary gear set to cause the first planetary output to rotate with the second sun gear; and
a forward clutch connected to the first forward drive gear and configured to releasably engage the forward output gear to cause the forward output gear to rotate with the first forward drive gear,
wherein the first clutch and the forward clutch are engaged to provide a first forward-motion gear ratio between the transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft, and the second clutch and the forward clutch are engaged to provide a second forward-motion gear ratio between the transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,427,669

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING DISTRIBUTION OF FRONT AND REAR WHEEL TORQUE OF FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling distribution of torque of front and rear wheels of a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a slip control torque calculator configured to calculate slip control torque of the rear wheels based on information collected from the vehicle during driving in a 4WD mode;
a handling control torque calculator configured to calculate handling control torque of the rear wheels based on the information collected from the vehicle during driving in the 4WD mode;
a weighting factor determiner configured to determine a slip control weighting factor and a handling control weighting factor based on vehicle state information;
a target torque calculator configured to calculate target torque of the rear wheels by summing the weighting factors applied to the slip control torque and the handling control torque, respectively, wherein the target torque of the rear wheels is a target value of the torque distributed to the rear wheels; and
a controller configured to distribute driving force to the front wheels and the rear wheels based on a driver torque requirement and the calculated target rear wheel torque.

US Pat. No. 10,427,667

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO FREEWHEEL MODE

RENAULT S.A.S., Boulogne...

1. A method for automatically controlling a motor vehicle for switching from a “normal” mode to a “freewheel” mode, the vehicle comprising an engine which is capable of supplying a drive torque to drive wheels via an automatically controlled clutch device which comprises a drive shaft and a driven shaft, the method comprising:in “normal” mode, coupling the drive wheels as often as possible with the engine via the clutch device,
in “freewheel” mode, permanently decoupling the drive wheels from the engine by disengagement of the clutch device to allow the engine to run at idle speed so long as no braking or acceleration command is given by a driver, and
in a transition step interposed chronologically after the “normal” mode and before the “freewheel” mode, automatically controlling the engine so that the driven shaft and the drive shaft rotate at the same speed without transmission of torque to the drive wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,427,666

BRAKE INSTALLATION MEASUREMENT AND VERIFICATION SYSTEM

1. A pushrod measurement and verification system for use in determining a correct length at which to sever a pushrod extending from a brake chamber so that a slack adjuster is properly mounted between a clevis and an S-cam shaft of an air brake system, said pushrod measurement system, comprising:a measurement member having a body member that includes a lower end and an upper end opposite said lower end, said body member having a generally planar configuration;
wherein said body member defines at least one hole proximate said lower end of said body member and operable to receive the S-cam shaft;
a cradle portion mounted to said upper end of said body member, said cradle portion having a bottom wall and a pair of side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall and defining an open top;
wherein said pair of side walls includes a front wall having measurement indicia thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,427,664

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A BRAKE SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for monitoring brake pad wear, comprising:receiving, from a first sensor, during application of pressure via a master cylinder of a brake system, a signal indicative of brake pad wear;
calculating a modeled deceleration of a vehicle based on the signal, the calculating comprising:
determining an estimated braking torque based on the signal, and
calculating a modeled deceleration of the vehicle based on the estimated braking torque;
receiving a measured deceleration from a second sensor;
determining brake pad wear based on a ratio of a difference between the modeled deceleration and the measured deceleration to the modeled deceleration; and
initiating a brake pad wear notification when the ratio exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,661

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a friction member configured to be brought into contact with the brake rotor;
a friction member contactor configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor configured to drive the friction member contactor;
a braking force estimation unit configured to obtain an estimated value of a braking force generated by the friction member being pressed against the brake rotor; and
a control device configured to control the electric motor to perform a follow-up control of the braking force with respect to a target braking force, wherein
the control device has a control system in which a motor rotation angle of the electric motor is included in a state quantity in a control computing of the follow-up control, and
the control device includes a state quantity reset function unit that resets at least the motor rotation angle to a predetermined value, on the basis of a predetermined condition using at least one of the target braking force, the estimated value of the braking force, an amount of change of the target braking force, an amount of change of the estimated value of the braking force, and a deviation between the target braking force and the estimated value of the braking force,
wherein the state quantity reset function unit of the control device resets at least the motor rotation angle to the predetermined value, when a condition that an absolute value of the amount of change of the target braking force is less than or equal to a set value that is not zero, and an absolute value of the deviation between the target braking force and the estimated value of the braking force is less than or equal to a threshold value that is not zero, is satisfied as the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,427,660

HYDRAULIC CYLINDER RETARDER

1. A hydraulic cylinder retarder, comprising:at least two hydraulic cylinder mechanisms, each hydraulic cylinder mechanism including a piston component and a piston compression chamber, the piston components connected with a transmission device, each piston component configured to conduct a piston motion against the corresponding piston compression chamber;
at least two hydraulic oil conveying mechanisms, each hydraulic oil conveying mechanism including a hydraulic oil chamber and an oil conveying pipe, each oil conveying pipe connected with the corresponding hydraulic oil chamber and conveying a hydraulic oil to the hydraulic oil chamber;
a crank mechanism, the piston components of the at least two hydraulic cylinder mechanisms being radially combined to the crank mechanism along different radial directions with respect to the crank mechanism, so as to be connected with the transmission device through the crank mechanism, respectively, such that when the piston component of one of the at least two hydraulic cylinder mechanism carries out an expanding motion of the piston motion, the piston component of another hydraulic cylinder mechanism carries out a compression motion of the piston motion; and
at least two hydraulic oil valve mechanisms, each hydraulic oil valve mechanism including a unidirectional in-flow valve component and a unidirectional out-flow valve component, each unidirectional in-flow valve component connected between one of the piston compression chambers and the corresponding hydraulic oil chamber to allow the hydraulic oil to unidirectionally flow into the piston compression chamber through the unidirectional in-flow valve component, each unidirectional out-flow valve component connected between one of the piston compression chambers and the corresponding hydraulic oil chamber to allow the hydraulic oil to unidirectionally flow out with an out-flow cross sectional area from the piston compression chamber through the unidirectional out-flow valve component, wherein the out-flow cross sectional area is significantly smaller than a piston cross sectional area of the piston components, so as to produce a resistance force during the piston motion of the piston components, thereby slowing an operation speed of the transmission device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,642

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an identification system for a motor vehicle for ascertaining and classifying an object in an interior space of the motor vehicle, the method comprising:recording the interior space with the aid of an interior camera; andilluminating the interior space during the recording with the aid of an illumination device, wherein an interior lighting system of the motor vehicle is activated as the illumination device, wherein a lighting fixture, which emits light visible to an occupant, is activated as the illumination device, wherein:the interior space is divided into a plurality of subareas,
the illumination device includes a plurality of illumination elements, each illuminating element being assigned to only a respective one of the plurality of subareas, and each illuminating element being assigned to a corresponding one of a plurality of vehicle doors, and
in response to one of the vehicle doors being ajar, only the illumination element assigned to the ajar vehicle door is selectively activated to illuminate only the assigned one of the plurality of subareas.

US Pat. No. 10,427,627

CABLE STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A pair of cable structures comprising:a first cable including a power line, on which connectors are provided at both ends of the power line, and a tube that covers the power line; and
a second cable including a power line, on which connectors are provided at both ends of the power line, and a tube that covers the power line,
wherein the first cable and the second cable have a waterproof function,
wherein a space inside the tube of the first cable communicates with a space inside the tube of the second cable,
wherein a ventilation-tube connecting portion, to which a ventilation tube is connected, is provided on the tube of the first cable or the tube of the second cable, and
wherein the space inside the tube of the first cable and the space inside the tube of the second cable are capable of being ventilated through the ventilation-tube connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,615

REMOVABLE STORAGE ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An assembly comprising:a body having a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, and a vertical axis;
a cargo area coupled to the body, the cargo area having a first sidewall and a second sidewall spaced from each other along the lateral axis;
a first fixation point disposed on the first sidewall, the first fixation point having a first aperture with a first central axis generally parallel to the vertical axis;
a second fixation point disposed on the second sidewall, the second fixation point having a second aperture with a second central axis generally parallel to the vertical axis; and
a removable cargo storage device having a first end and a second end, the first end being provided with a first post cooperable with the first aperture, the second end being provided with a second post cooperable with the second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,427,608

CARGO BED ARTICLE STOWAGE STRUCTURE

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A cargo bed wall disposable at a forward portion of a deck of a cargo bed, said wall comprising:a back face;
a front face; and
at least one article stowage structure structured and operable to receive and retain one or more stowable articles, wherein at least one of the front face and back face comprises the at least one article stowage structure, the at least one article stowage structure comprising:
a cavity disposed within the at least one of the front face and the back face of the wall that includes a bottom surface, opposing side walls and a back wall such that stowable articles can be placed within the cavity and at least partially supported by the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,513

SUNROOF DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof device comprising:a sunroof unit configured to support a panel that is capable of closing an opening of a roof of a vehicle, wherein the sunroof unit includes a frame provided with two guide rails placed on two edges of the opening in a vehicle widthwise direction and two housings placed on two edges of the opening in a vehicle front-to-rear direction to connect front ends of the two guide rails to each other and rear ends of the two guide rails to each other in the vehicle widthwise direction;
a looped first seal arranged between an entire periphery of the opening and the frame; and
a second seal arranged between opposing surfaces of the guide rail and at least one of the housings at a portion where the guide rail is coupled to the respective housing, wherein the second seal is butt against the first seal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,491

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH HEAT EXCHANGER BLENDING VALVE

TESLA, INC., Palo Alto, ...

9. A thermal management system comprising:a coolant loop coupled to and in thermal communication with a battery pack and a heat exchanger;
a refrigeration system coupled to and in thermal communication with the heat exchanger and an evaporator;
a coolant with the coolant loop;
a by-pass valve coupled to the coolant loop to regulate a first amount of the coolant that flows through the heat exchanger and a second amount of the coolant that is diverted around the heat exchanger;
a temperature sensor; and
a controller operable to:
determine a first temperature corresponding to the coolant using the temperature sensor;
compare the first temperature to a first preset temperature range;
adjust the by-pass valve at a first time based on the first temperature and the first preset temperature range;
compare a second temperature corresponding to an evaporator air outlet temperature before the first time to a third temperature corresponding to the evaporator air outlet temperature after the first time; and
adjust the by-pass valve at a second time after the first time to decrease the first amount of the coolant that flows through the heat exchanger and increase the second amount of the coolant that is diverted around the heat exchanger if the second temperature and third temperature are not within a preset range.

US Pat. No. 10,427,488

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MITIGATING STATIC LOADS IN COMPONENTS CONNECTING MULTIPLE STRUCTURES

ClearMotion, Inc., Bille...

1. A top-mount assembly for attaching a suspension component to a vehicle body, the top-mount assembly comprising:a top-mount bracket;
a strike plate at least partially surrounded by the top mount bracket and configured to be attached to a piston rod of the suspension component; and
a resilient material interposed between the top-mount bracket and the strike plate;
wherein the resilient material has a stiffness that varies as a function of a position of the strike plate relative to the top-mount bracket,
wherein the stiffness has a first value in a first range of positions of the strike plate relative to the top-mount bracket, a second value substantially greater than the first value in a second range of positions of the strike plate relative to the top-mount bracket, and a third value substantially greater than the first value in a third range of positions of the strike plate relative to the top-mount bracket;
wherein application of a predetermined rod force to the strike plate causes the strike plate to be displaced from a first position to a second position relative to the top mount bracket, wherein the second position of the strike plate is more centrally located within the first range of positions than the first position of the strike plate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,486

SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING CLEARANCE OF APPROACHING OVERHEAD STRUCTURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

9. A vehicle system comprising:a controller configured to:
access a database configured to maintain a plurality of structures associated with a stored clearance height;
receive a height selection from a user indicating a vehicle height from a plurality of vehicle height options;
compare the vehicle height with a stored clearance height of an upcoming structure;
generate an alert in response to the vehicle height being greater than the stored clearance height of the upcoming structure;
detect, via a first sensor, an updated clearance height of the upcoming structure; and
update the database with the updated clearance height of the upcoming structure in response to the vehicle passing under the upcoming structure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,484

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SUPPORT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle suspension support, comprising:a strut tower defining a boss, the boss forming a cylindrical recess having a first opening and a second opening opposite the first opening, the cylindrical recess forming an upper surface of the strut tower and the first opening to receive an upper end of a damper; and
a top mount bushing frictionally engaged with the second opening to be fixed in the cylindrical recess, the top mount bushing having an aperture coaxially aligned with the first and second openings.

US Pat. No. 10,427,467

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire with mediate land portions formed adjacently to shoulder land portions disposed on both sides of the tire in a tire width direction respectively, whereinsipes are formed in the mediate land portions respectively, the mediate land portion disposed inside in a vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle has larger sipe density and projects more outwardly in a tire radial direction than the mediate land portion disposed outside in the vehicle width direction,
wherein a ratio of the sipe density of the mediate land portion disposed inside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle to the sipe density of the mediate land portion disposed outside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle falls within a range of 1.2 to 3.5 inclusive,
an apex of the mediate land portion disposed inside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle projects higher than an apex of the mediate land portion disposed outside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle by an amount which falls within a range of 0.2 mm to 1.5 mm inclusive,
wherein the pneumatic tire includes a center land portion at the center thereof in the tire width direction, the center land portion projects outwardly in the tire radial direction from a tire reference profile line, and a projecting amount of the center land portion is smaller than a projecting amount of the mediate land portion disposed inside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle, and
wherein sipes are formed in the center land portion, a portion of the center land portion disposed inside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle has larger sipe density than a portion of the center land portion disposed outside in the vehicle width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle, and an apex of a projecting portion toward the outside in the tire radial direction is formed on a portion of the center land portion disposed inside in the vehicle width direction from the center of the center land portion in the width direction in a state where the pneumatic tire is mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,461

RADIALLY STIFFENED SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY TIRE

United States of America ...

1. A tire comprising:a plurality of radial elements each having a first end portion, a second end portion, and an arching middle portion, wherein the first end portion and the second end portion are connected by the arching middle portion;
a mounting block securing the first end portion and the second end portion of the plurality of radial elements to form an arch; and
a selected number of radial elements comprising a shape memory alloy (SMA) having an austenite crystal structure in an ambient condition, and during the application of an externally applied force upon the SMA, the austenite crystal structure of the SMA reorients to a martensitic crystal structure to increase the amount of load carrying potential and accommodate increased deformation without permanent damage.

US Pat. No. 10,427,460

TIRE LAMINATE, INNER LINER MATERIAL FOR TIRE, AND PNEUMATIC TIRE

THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., ...

1. A laminate for a tire comprising a film of a thermoplastic resin composition and a layer of a rubber composition laminated on the film, wherein the rubber composition comprises(a) at least one rubber component selected from the group consisting of natural rubber, styrene-butadiene rubber, butadiene rubber, isoprene rubber, and mixtures thereof,
b) a condensate of a compound represented by the following formula (1):
wherein R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 are independently selected from hydrogen, hydroxyl group, alkyl groups having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, —O—R6, wherein R6 is an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and —R7—O —R8, wherein R7 is an alkylene group having 1 to 7 carbon atoms, and R8 is an alkyl group having 1 to 7 carbon atoms, with the proviso that the sum of the carbon atoms of R7 and R8 is 2 to 8, with formaldehyde,(c) at least one methylene donor, and
(d) a vulcanizing agent,wherein condensate (b) is present in an amount of 0.5 to 20 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the total amount of at least one rubber component (a),at least one methylene donor (c) is present in an amount of 0.25 to 200 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the total amount of at least one rubber component (a),
the weight ratio of at least one methylene donor (c) and condensate (b) is 0.5:1 to 10:1, and
at least one rubber component (a) comprises a rubber having a vinyl content in aliphatic unsaturated hydrocarbon side chains of more than 11 mol % in an amount of 10% by weight to 80% by weight based on the total amount of at least one rubber component (a),wherein the rubber composition does not comprise an acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,459

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a tread, an inner liner, a bead core, and a bead filler, wherein:a thickness of the inner liner in at least in part of a side portion of the tire is 1.5 mm or more,
the thickness of the inner liner along an entirety of the side portion is larger than a thickness of other portions of the inner liner,
when the tire is mounted to a rim, and an internal pressure of 250 kPa or more is applied to the tire,
in a case where a sectional width SW of the tire is less than 165 mm, a ratio of the sectional width SW to an outer diameter OD of the tire, SW/OD, is 0.26 or less,
in a case where the sectional width SW of the tire is 165 mm or more, the sectional width SW and the outer diameter OD of the tire satisfy a relation expression OD?2.135×SW+282.3,
wherein an aspect ratio of the pneumatic tire is in a range of 45 to 70, and
wherein a tire widthwise sectional area S1 of the bead filler is between 1 times or more and 4 times or less of a tire widthwise sectional area S2 of the bead core.

US Pat. No. 10,427,457

LOW MOISTURE PERMEABILITY LAMINATE CONSTRUCTION

EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL PATEN...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a carcass layer, an air permeation prevention layer and a thermoplastic layer:(i) said air permeation prevention layer having an upper and a lower surface, said layer comprising a polymer composition having an air permeation coefficient of about 25×10?12 cc cm/cm2 sec cmHg (at 30° C.) or less and a Young's modulus of about 1 MPa to about 500 MPa, said polymer composition comprising:
(A) at least 10% by weight, based on the total weight of the polymer composition, of at least one thermoplastic resin component having an air permeation coefficient of about 25×10?12 cc cm/cm2 sec cmHg (at 30° C.) or less and a Young's modulus of more than 500 MPa, which resin component is selected from the group consisting of polyamide resins, polyester resins, polynitrile resins, polymethacrylate resins, polyvinyl resins, cellulose resins, fluororesins, and imide resins, and
(B) at least 10% by weight, based on the total weight of said polymer composition, of at least one elastomer component having an air permeation coefficient of more than about 25×10?12 cc cm/cm2 sec cmHg (at 30° C.) and a Young's modulus of not more than 500 MPa, which elastomer component is selected from the group consisting of diene rubbers and the hydrogenates thereof, halogen-containing rubbers, silicone rubbers, sulfur-containing rubbers, fluoro-rubbers, hydrin rubbers, acryl rubbers, ionomers and thermoplastic elastomers, the total amount (A)+(B) of the component (A) and the component (B) being not less than about 30% by weight based on the total weight of said polymer composition, wherein the elastomer component (B) is dispersed in a vulcanized state, as a discontinuous phase, in a matrix of the thermoplastic resin component (A) in said polymer composition; and
(ii) said thermoplastic layer is located as an innermost layer of the tire and is in laminate relation with the lower surface of said air permeation prevention layer, said thermoplastic layer comprising a film-forming, semi-crystalline, substantially hydrophobic carbon chain polymer having a glass transition temperature, Tg, of less than about ?20° C., wherein said thermoplastic layer acts as a layer for reducing the moisture vapor transmission rate of the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,427,451

PAINT ROLLER BRUSH CLEANING DEVICE

1. A cleaning apparatus, comprising:a reservoir, comprising:
a continuous sidewall;
a bottom wall;
a tub having an interior;
a plurality of divider walls subdividing said interior into a first wash area, a second wash area, a third wash area, a drying area, and a storage area;
a rim located about a perimeter of said sidewall;
at least one attachment point, each located on said rim;
a lid removably attached to each attachment point and covering said interior, further comprising:
an access travel track located thereon;
an entry removal point located at a terminal end of said access travel track;
a means for coupling a paint roller brush to a driving tool and partially inserted within said entry removal point;
wherein a first portion of said access travel track is aligned with said first wash area, a second portion of an access travel track is aligned with said second wash area, a third portion of said access travel track is aligned with said third wash area, and a fourth portion of said access travel track is aligned with said drying area;
wherein at least one subdivided area retains a washing solution therein;
wherein said access travel track is aligned with at least one of said subdivided areas;
wherein said access travel track and said entry removal point are enabling said paint roller brush to be inserted into said interior when said lid is placed on said reservoir;
wherein said means for coupling transfers rotational force from said driving tool to said paint roller brush.

US Pat. No. 10,427,449

WRITING INSTRUMENT AND ELECTRONIC PEN BODY SECTION

WACOM CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. A writing instrument comprising:a cylindrical outer housing, a first end of the outer housing having an outer opening; and
an electronic pen body stored in the outer housing,
wherein the electronic pen body includes:
a stylus, a first end of the stylus in an axial direction of the stylus serving as a pen tip;
a cylindrical inner housing storing the stylus, the first end of the stylus serving as the pen tip extending from an inner opening at a distal end of the inner housing, the inner opening of the inner housing defining one axial end of a hole extending axially forming a stylus guide that enables the stylus to move axially;
a magnetic core disposed around at least part of the stylus;
a coil wound around the magnetic core; and
a capacitor connected to the coil,
wherein, in operation, the pen tip of the stylus and a distal portion of the inner housing having the inner opening extend from the outer opening of the outer housing, and
wherein the distal portion of the inner housing includes a magnetic core storage area in which part of the magnetic core is stored.

US Pat. No. 10,427,448

MOVEABLE TAB

ACCO Brands Corporation, ...

1. A tab for attachment to a component having a pair of slots therein or therethrough, each slot having a slot height extending in a first direction, the tab comprising:a flat display portion proximate to a first edge of the tab; and
a pair of attachment portions extending outwardly in a lateral direction perpendicular to the first direction, each attachment portion being located on a side edge of the tab or on a corner of the tab that is positioned along a second edge opposite from the first edge, wherein both attachment portions are located mutually opposite of said display portion with respect to the first direction, and wherein:
(i) each attachment portion includes curved or angled upper and lower co-planar edges, wherein said upper and lower edges of each attachment portion are predominantly parallel to enable each attachment portion to be inserted into a slot, wherein each attachment portion is coupled to said tab at a base of the respective attachment portion, and wherein said tab includes a pair of relief cutouts positioned adjacent to the base of each attachment portion, each pair with one cutout being co-planar with the associated upper edge and with another cutout being co-planar with the associated lower edge, and wherein the relief cutouts are configured to enable said tab to be secured to said component in a flat configuration and resist removal therefrom; or
(ii) each attachment portion includes a pair of spaced-apart, outwardly-extending co-planar legs wherein the pair has a collective height that is greater than the slot height, and wherein at least one leg in each attachment portion is configured to be reversibly and springingly movable toward the other leg to enable said legs to fit through an associated one of the pair of slots to couple said tab to the component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,445

ILLUMINATABLE ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminatable assembly comprising:a support configured to support a light-emitting panel provided by a mobile computing device; and
a plurality of sheets movably coupled to said support;
wherein each said sheet comprises a light transmission portion communicating between sheet front and back surfaces; and
wherein when said sheets dispose in a first position, said light transmission portions dispose in overlaying engagement to provide aligned light transmission portions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,444

METHOD FOR APPLYING AT LEAST ONE ENCLOSING ELEMENT TO A FLAT PRODUCT COMPOSITION, AND ENCLOSING ELEMENT APPLYING DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

1. An enclosing element application device for performing a method for applying at least one enclosing element comprising an individual element made from paper, to a sheet-like product assortment comprising multiple products, including printed products or advertising material, comprising a transportation device for transporting the sheet-like product assortment that defines a transportation path running through an application unit, wherein the application unit is equipped with means for holding ready for use an enclosing element to be applied, comprising an individual element made from paper, at a predetermined point of the transportation path in a position where it crosses the transportation path, wherein stop means are provided, spaced apart on both sides of the transportation path, against which lies the enclosing element to be applied across the transportation path, and is supported in the direction of transportation in such a way that product assortments transported on the transportation path can be moved between the stop means, carrying enclosing elements along with them; andwherein the application unit is equipped with pressure means for pressing the carried-along enclosing element against side faces of a product assortment situated parallel to the transportation path, and arranged behind the stop means in the direction of transportation,
wherein the pressure means comprise an upper pressure brush and a lower pressure brush arranged essentially parallel to each other and parallel to the transportation path extending parallel to the transportation path, one above the other at a distance such that the ends of their bristles meet at the level of the transportation path, and that a product assortment transported on the transportation path through the application unit can be moved through between the upper pressure brush and the lower pressure brush.

US Pat. No. 10,427,443

LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE PRECURSOR, METHOD OF PREPARING LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE, AND LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING METHOD

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A lithographic printing plate precursor comprising:an aluminum support; and
an image recording layer on the aluminum support,
wherein the aluminum support includes an anodized film on a surface of the image recording layer side,
the anodized film has micropores extending in a depth direction from the surface of the anodized film on the image recording layer side,
an average pore diameter of the micropores in the surface of the anodized film is greater than 0 ?m and 0.03 ?m or less,
an average maximum diameter of the micropores inside the anodized film is in a range of 0.04 ?m to 0.30 ?m,
an average value A nm of thicknesses of surface opening portions starting from the surface of the anodized film and having a pore diameter inside the anodized film of greater than 0 ?m and 0.03 ?m or less and an average value B nm of thicknesses of internal maximum diameter portions in which pore diameters of the micropores inside the anodized film are in a range of 0.04 ?m to 0.30 ?m satisfy a relationship of 2.5?B/A?28.0,
the average value B of thicknesses of the internal maximum diameter portions is in a range of 500 nm to 2800 nm, and
the image recording layer contains an acid color former.

US Pat. No. 10,427,441

THERMAL TRANSFER SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A thermal transfer sheet comprising:a substrate;
a peel-off layer adapted to remove a transfer layer of an intermediate transfer medium; and
a primer layer;
wherein the primer layer and the peel-off layer are provided in this order on the substrate;
wherein the primer layer is formed directly on a surface of the substrate and directly contacts both the substrate and the peel-off layer; and
wherein the primer layer contains at least one of alumina derived from sol-based inorganic particles having a primary particle size of 200 nm or less, a polyvinyl pyrrolidone type resin having a glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 150° C. or more, a polyester resin having a glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 100° C. or more, and a resin formed by curing a polyvinyl alcohol type resin.

US Pat. No. 10,427,438

ABNORMALITY DETECTION AND PROCESSING FOR IMAGE FORMING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A control device, comprising:at least one controller comprising a hardware processor that:
receives image forming information including information showing an area to be cut in post processing provided in a paper sheet and information regarding an image formed in an image forming area, and read image information generated by a reading device reading an image formed on the paper sheet, and
detects an abnormality in an image formed on the paper sheet based on a comparison of the image forming information and the read image information;
wherein, when an abnormality is detected in the image forming area, the hardware processor generates control information for adjusting positions of the image forming area and the area to be cut in post processing such that the abnormality is included in the area to be cut, and
transmits the generated control information to an image forming device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,437

INK-JET PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-jet printer, comprising:a carriage configured to move in a scanning direction;
a head including a nozzle, the head mounted on the carriage;
an encoder including:
a scale extending in the scanning direction and including a plurality of indicators formed at a predetermined interval in the scanning direction; and
a sensor mounted on the carriage, the sensor being configured to detect the indicators formed on the scale;
a memory; and
a controller configured to perform:
judging whether a recording medium is positioned at a facing area being capable of facing the carriage;
detecting an abnormal position on the scale in the scanning direction, under a condition that the controller judges that the recording medium is not positioned at the facing area, wherein detecting the abnormal position includes: moving the carriage in the scanning direction; generating abnormal-position information indicating the abnormal position on the scale, based on a result of detecting the indicators by the sensor during a movement of the carriage; and storing the abnormal-position information in the memory;
printing an image on the recording medium, under a condition that the controller judges that the recording medium is positioned at the facing area, wherein printing the image includes: controlling a velocity of the carriage based on a velocity parameter value of the carriage acquired from the result of detecting the indicators by the sensor, such that the carriage moves in the scanning direction at a first target velocity; and controlling the head to discharge a liquid from the nozzle toward the recording medium based on image data;
under a condition that the controller performs printing the image and that a detection position on the scale detected by the sensor is not same as the abnormal position in the abnormal-position information stored in the memory, comparing a velocity parameter value acquired when the sensor detects the detection position on the scale and a first threshold value corresponding to a velocity lower than the first target velocity at the time of printing the image; and
under a condition that the controller performs printing the image and that a detection position on the scale detected by the sensor is same as the abnormal position in the abnormal-position information stored in the memory, comparing a velocity parameter value acquired when the sensor detects the detection position on the scale and a second threshold value corresponding to a velocity lower than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,435

PRINTING INDICIA INDICATING AN INTENDED LOCATION OF A FOLD LINE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print apparatus comprising:a printing unit; and
a controller to control the printing unit to print a media sheet with at least one indicia indicating an intended location of a fold line, wherein the media sheet is to be folded along the fold line;
wherein the controller is to control the printing unit to print the at least one indicia to provide an offset gauge such that, when the media sheet is folded along a formed fold line, the indicia to provide an indication of lateral and angular offsets between the intended location of the fold line and the formed fold line; and
wherein the controller is to control the printing unit to print a registration mark to indicate a registration or mis-registration of the printing unit and the media sheet, wherein the registration mark comprises a plurality of corner markings disposed at a corner of the media sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,427,434

PRINTING MODULE REPLACEMENT CART

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A transport cart comprising:a frame having a top at one end, and a bottom at a second end, opposite said top, and at least one frame element between said top and said bottom, wherein said top, said bottom, and said frame element are separate elements of said frame;
wheels connected to said bottom of said frame, said wheels contact a surface on which said transport cart travels;
a platform connected to said frame between said top and said bottom;
a height adjuster connected to said platform, said height adjuster moves said platform along said frame in opposite directions between said bottom and said top;
an alignment stop connected to said frame between said bottom and said top, said platform contacts said alignment stop when said platform is in a loading position on said frame between said bottom and said top;
platform slots connected to said platform, said platform slots are sized and shaped to match a size and shape of linear projections of a print module; and
clamps connected to said frame at said top and said bottom, said clamps are sized and shaped to connect to connection points of a printing device,
said platform slots are positioned by said platform to be aligned with housing slots of said printing device when said clamps connect said transport cart to said printing device and when said platform contacts said alignment stop and is in said loading position,
said linear projections of said print module are held by said housing slots when said print module is mounted within said printing device,
said clamps comprising arms moving on hinges to open and close, and
said arms open and close to lock said clamps to said printing device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,429

METHOD FOR PROTECTING PRINTED DATA

1. Method (400) for protecting printed data on a transfer film (12) of a heat-transfer printer (100) for a plastic card (10) comprising a print head (112), the protection method (400) comprising:a first printing step (402) during which the transfer film (12) and the plastic card (10) advance simultaneously over a printing length L0 under the print head (112) and during which the print head heats according to a text to be printed,
a rewinding step (404) during which the transfer film (12) is rewound over a rewinding length L0+/?d different from the printing length L0, and during which the plastic card (10) is brought upstream of the print head (112),
a subsequent printing step (408) during which the transfer film (12) and the plastic card (10) advance simultaneously over another printing length under the print head (112) and during which the print head (112) heats according to the text to be printed, and
an ejection step (410) during which the plastic card (10) is expelled from the printer (100).

US Pat. No. 10,427,428

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:a transporting roller;
a driven roller facing the transporting roller to sandwich a recording medium between the driven roller and the transporting roller and to transport the recording medium in a transporting direction,
a roller holder rotatably supporting the driven roller and configured to move in an approaching-departing direction, along which the driven roller approaches and departs from the transporting roller, based on a thickness of the recording medium sandwiched between the driven roller and the transporting roller;
a first biasing member biasing the roller holder toward the transporting roller;
a recording portion including a nozzle which eject ink droplets;
a guide rail supporting the recording portion;
a first contact surface provided at a member attached to the guide rail and configured to contact a first surface of the recording medium; and
a second contact surface located below the first contact surface and configured to contact a second surface of the recording medium,
wherein the roller holder is configured to, when moving away from the transporting roller, move the second contact surface away from the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,425

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printer comprising:a roll paper support configured to support a core of a roll of paper, the paper being wound with an end thereof attached to the core;
a roll driver configured to rotate the core supported on the roll paper support and deliver the paper from a delivery point;
a conveyance device configured to convey the paper delivered from the delivery point;
a detection device configured to output a first detection value when tension produced on the paper delivered from the roll is greater than or equal to a threshold, and otherwise output a second detection value;
a controller configured to drive the roll driver in the direction delivering the paper from the core when the output of the detection device changes from the second detection value to the first detection value in response to rotation of the core by the roll driver, and
a printing mechanism configured to print on the paper conveyed by the conveyance device by a printhead, the printhead being disposed to the conveyance path through which the paper is conveyed;
the controller stopping printing by the printing mechanism after the output of the detection device changes from the second detection value to the first detection value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,422

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a movement amount acquiring device which acquires a movement amount of the printing apparatus with respect to a printing medium;
a printer which performs printing on the printing medium; and
a processor which is operable to:
adjust a length of a print image to be printed on the printing medium along a first direction to a value that does not exceed a length of a print area which is set on the printing medium along the first direction, the length of the print area being set based on a first movement amount acquired by the movement amount acquiring device when the printing apparatus is moved relative to the print area along the first direction; and
cause the printer to print the print image whose length has been adjusted on the printing medium when the printing apparatus is moved relative to the print area along a second direction that is different from the first direction, the print image being printed on the printing medium so as to extend in a direction along the first direction,
wherein in causing the printer to print the print image, the processor reads print data of the print image whose length has been adjusted in an order corresponding to the second direction when the printing apparatus is moved relative to the print area along the second direction,
wherein the processor outputs an error notification when the first movement amount has exceeded a preset printing length, and
wherein the processor cancels the error notification when an acquired length becomes equal to or less than the preset printing length as the printing apparatus is moved in the second direction after the first movement amount has exceeded the preset printing length, the acquired length being acquired by subtracting a second moving amount, which is an amount by which the printing apparatus is moved in the second direction after the first movement amount has exceeded the preset printing length, from the first moving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,427,421

PRINTER AND DRYER FOR DRYING IMAGES ON COATED SUBSTRATES IN AQUEOUS INK PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An aqueous ink printer comprising:at least one printhead configured to eject drops of an aqueous ink onto substrates moving past the at least one printhead to form aqueous ink images on the substrates;
a first substrate transport for moving substrates past the at least one printhead; and
a dryer configured to receive substrates from the first substrate transport and to hold a plurality of the substrates for a predetermined period of time to dry the aqueous ink images on the substrates before independently releasing each substrate in the plurality of substrates to a second substrate transport, the dryer holding each substrate at an orientation where one end of the substrate is at a higher gravitational potential than an opposite end of the substrate, the dryer comprising:
a housing;
a plurality of endless belts that are vertically oriented within a predetermined range of angles from an axis that is perpendicular to a horizontal plane of the first substrate transport, each endless belt being configured with a pivoting member at an end of the endless belt that is at a higher gravitational potential, each endless belt comprising:
a first electrically insulating layer;
a first electrically conductive layer positioned on the first electrically insulting layer, the first electrically conductive layer being electrically connected to electrical ground;
a second electrically insulating layer positioned on the first electrically conductive layer; and
a plurality of electrically conductive strips arranged in a predetermined pattern on the second electrically insulating layer to enable an electrostatic field to form at edges of the strips in response to the electrically conductive strips being electrically connected to an electrical voltage supply, the first and the second electrically insulating layers, the first electrically conductive layer, and the plurality of electrically conductive strips forming an electrostatic endless belt;
a plurality of actuators that are operatively connected to the pivoting members in a one-to-one correspondence; and
a controller operatively connected to the plurality of actuators, the controller being configured to operate the actuators to pivot the pivoting members selectively to enable substrates to move onto the endless belt associated with the pivoting member pivoted by the operated actuator or to prevent substrates from moving onto the endless belt associated with the pivoting member pivoted by the operated actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,420

PRINTER, PRINTING METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR DECORATED OBJECT

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printer, comprising:a head that ejects a photo-curable ink;
a light irradiation device that irradiates the photo-curable ink with a light; and
a controller, configured to control an ejection amount of the photo-curable ink and a standby time between a timing of the photo-curable ink landing on a print medium and a timing of the light being irradiated,
wherein the controller comprising:
a first controller that prompts the printer to carry out a printing operation by an ejection amount v1 required of glossy-finish printing and with a standby time t1 required of glossy-finish printing;
a second controller that prompts the printer to carry out the printing operation by an ejection amount v2 required of matte-finish printing and with a standby time t2 required of matte-finish printing; and
a third controller that prompts the printer to carry out the printing operation by an ejection amount v3 and with a standby time t3,
wherein the ejection amount v3 being greater than the ejection amount v2 and less than or equal to the ejection amount v1,
wherein
in an entire of a print region of the print medium, the first controller is configured to prompt the head to eject the photo-curable ink by the ejection amount v1 set as a maximum ejection amount of the photo-curable ink from the head, and prompt the light irradiation device to start to irradiate the light after a duration of the standby time t1 long enough to flatten ink dots of the photo-curable ink that landed on the print medium, and the standby time t1 is a time that the ink dots start to merge into adjacent ink dots;
in a part or the entire of the print region of the print medium, the second controller is configured to prompt the head to eject the photo-curable ink by the ejection amount v2 which is approximately 60% of the maximum ejection amount, and prompt the light irradiation device to start to irradiate the light immediately after the ink dots of the photo-curable ink landed on the print medium, which is after a duration of the standby time t2 subsequent to landing of the ink dots, and the standby time t2 is shorter than the standby time t1;
in the entire of a print region of the print medium, the third controller is configured to prompt the head to eject the photo-curable ink by the ejection amount v3 set equal to the ejection amount v1, and prompt the light irradiation device to start to irradiate the light immediately after the ink dots of the photo-curable ink landed on the print medium, which is after a duration of the standby time t3 subsequent to landing of the ink dots, and the standby time t3 equals to the standby time t2, and the standby time t3 is shorter than the standby time t1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,418

HEAD DRIVE DEVICE, THERMAL PRINTER, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A HEAD DRIVE DEVICE

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A head drive device, comprising:a thermal head, which is configured to cause one of a first group of heat generators and a second group of heat generators having a smaller number of heat generators than the first group of the heat generators, to generate heat;
a capacitor configured to store power;
a control circuit programmed, based on printing data, to select whether to perform printing with use of the first group of the heat generators or to perform printing with use of the second group of the heat generators; and
a drive circuit programmed to:
supply power of a power source and the power stored in the capacitor to the thermal head when the first group of the heat generators are used; and
supply the power of the power source to the thermal head when the second group of the heat generators are used,
the control circuit being programmed to:
determine whether a predetermined amount of power is stored in the capacitor;
allow printing with use of at least a part of the first group of the heat generators when the control circuit determines that the predetermined amount of power is stored in the capacitor; and
allow printing with use of at least a part of the second group of the heat generators when the control circuit determines that the predetermined amount of power is not stored in the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,415

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:an ejection portion having a plurality of ejection ports configured to eject liquid supplied from a liquid storage portion defining a liquid storage space configured to store liquid; and
a circuit electrically connected to at least one of a bottom electrode and a side electrode, the circuit being configured to detect a capacitance between the bottom electrode and the side electrode, the bottom electrode being provided at a bottom surface of the liquid storage portion, the side electrode being provided at one side surface of the liquid storage portion and electrically isolated from the bottom electrode,
wherein an end portion of the bottom surface adjacent to the one side surface is slanted relative to a horizontal direction and forms an acute angle with the one side surface; and
wherein an end portion of the bottom electrode adjacent to the side electrode is provided at the end portion of the bottom surface, and forms an acute angle with a surface that is parallel to the side electrode and that extends upward from a tip end of the end portion of the bottom electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,427,408

PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE APPARATUS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printhead maintenance apparatus comprising a pump, a current monitor and processing circuitry, wherein:the pump is to increase a pressure in a printhead;
the current monitor is to monitor a current consumption of the pump; and
the processing circuitry is to determine a rate of change of current consumption of the pump and to compare the rate of change of current consumption to a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,407

PRINTER CIRCUIT BOARD FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A method for making a fluid ejection apparatus, comprising:providing a printhead die having a first surface including at least one drop ejector and a back surface including at least one fluid passage opening;
forming a molding material on the back surface of the printhead die over the at least one fluid passage opening;
embedding the printhead die and the molding material in an encapsulant in a cavity in a printed circuit board;
removing at least a portion of the encapsulant at a back side of the printed circuit board to expose the molding material; and
removing the molding material to form a fluid feed slot through which fluid may flow to the at least one fluid passage opening in the printhead die.

US Pat. No. 10,427,406

PRINT BAR SENSORS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A page wide print bar comprising:a plurality of ejection dies disposed along a longitudinal dimension of the page-wide print bar on a support element; and
a plurality of discrete sensors disposed at corresponding positions spaced from each other along the dimension of the support element, each sensor positioned to sense print characteristics of an image printed in an overlapping print zone on a print media that corresponds to two adjacent ejection dies of the plurality of ejection dies.

US Pat. No. 10,427,398

SECURITY PRINTING PRESS HAVING AT LEAST ONE PRINTING ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SQUEEGEE DEVICE

1. A security printing press having at least one printing assembly including a printing unit, by the use of which printing unit a sheet-type printing substrate can be printed on using a screen printing method, the printing unit having at least at one printing point formed between a screen cylinder and an impression cylinder, the at least one printing assembly having one or more drying units disposed downstream of the printing assembly on a printing substrate path, and having a squeegee device, which is part of the printing unit, which squeegee device comprisesa screen printing forme,
a squeegee, which is one of set against the screen printing forme in a thrown-on position (“ON”) and can be set against the screen printing forme in the thrown-on position (“ON”),
a bearing device, which enables a throwing-on and throwing-off movement of the squeegee between the thrown-on position (“ON”) of the squeegee and a thrown-off position (“OFF”) of the squeegee,
and a squeegee drive device, by the use of which squeegee drive device, the squeegee can be thrown on and off of the screen printing forme during operation of the printing unit, in a manner which is correlated to one of a press and a printing substrate phase position,whereinan inking aid (29) is provided, by the use of which inking aid, an opening of a pit, located on a lateral surface of the impression cylinder and a retaining device for printing substrate sheets, and located in the pit, can be at least partially covered, at least temporarily, at least in a trailing area of the opening, and
wherein the squeegee drive device includes a drive means, which can be controlled by a control device and by which the throwing-on and throwing-off movement of the squeegee one of can be and is brought about mechanically independently of the one of the press and the printing substrate phase position, and which squeegee drive device is configured to one of bring about and to enable a throwing on and throwing off of the squeegee in sequences that are different from one another, with one of phase positions and phase lengths that are different in relation to the length of the screen printing forme, the squeegee drive device comprising a cam mechanism which is driven by the drive means and by which the squeegee is thrown on and off, and wherein the control device controls the squeegee drive device to be driven at an angular speed which one of can be and is varied over the course of a full revolution of the cam disk.

US Pat. No. 10,427,384

INTERLAYER FILM FOR LAMINATED GLASS AND LAMINATED GLASS

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass, comprising at least one layer A containing a thermoplastic elastomer, whereinthe shear storage modulus of the layer A at 70° C. as measured by performing a dynamic viscoelasticity test at a frequency of 1,000 Hz in accordance with ASTM D4065-06 is 1 MPa or more, and a layer having a higher shear storage modulus than the layer A is provided on at least one surface of the layer A, and
at least one surface of the interlayer film for laminated glass is in a state of having been shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,427,371

MOLDING ELEMENT FOR MANUFACTURING A NOISE REDUCING TREAD

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A mold employed for manufacturing a tread of a tire having a plurality of contacting elements delimited by a plurality of grooves and a connecting member connecting two side faces of adjacent contacting elements of the plurality of contacting elements, comprising:a molding element, comprising;
a molding surface for forming a contact face onto one of the plurality of contacting elements,
a rib for forming one of the grooves of the plurality of grooves between adjacent contacting elements, and at least two rib side faces forming the two side faces, and
the rib having a notching portion;
a guiding member made of a material different from a material of the molding element being received in the notching portion and having two opposite side faces shaped to form a part of the side faces of the contacting element and a top face shaped to form a part of a bottom of the groove;
wherein said material of the guiding member has a modulus at 10% elongation lower than that of the molding element;
the guiding member having a guiding slit extending from one of the two opposite side faces to the other of the two opposite side faces through the guiding member and radially from the top face; and
wherein at least one of faces of the notching portion allows the guiding member to be kept in place in the notching portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,370

MOLDING ELEMENT FOR MANUFACTURING A NOISE REDUCING TREAD

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A mold for a tread of a tire, the tread having a plurality of contacting elements delimited by a plurality of grooves, and a connecting member to connect two side faces of adjacent contacting elements of the plurality of contacting elements, the mold comprising:a molding element comprising;
a molding surface for forming a contact face of each of the plurality of contacting elements, and
a rib for forming one of the plurality of grooves, being between the adjacent contacting elements, the rib having a notching portion,
at least two rib side faces forming a set of side faces of one of the contacting elements;
a guiding member made of a material different from a material of the molding element;
wherein the guiding member is received in the notching portion and has two opposite side faces configured to form the set of side faces and a top face configured to form a part of a bottom of one of the plurality of grooves; and
said material of the guiding member has a modulus at 10% elongation lower than that of the molding element, and the guiding member has a guiding slit extending from one of the two opposite side faces to the other of the two opposite side faces through the guiding member and radially from the top face.

US Pat. No. 10,427,366

MANUFACTURING MICROLENS ARRAYS USING A PROGRESSIVE INDENT SYSTEM

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A system comprising:a die comprising a plurality of protrusions that protrude outwards from a surface of the die, each of the protrusions having a different priority that is based on a relative size of each protrusion, wherein the die is a unitary die;
an actuator coupled to the die, the actuator configured to stamp a substrate with one or more of the plurality of protrusions on the die in accordance with actuation instructions; and
a controller configured to:
generate actuation instructions that cause the actuator to stamp out a plurality of microlens molds into the substrate, where each microlens mold is generated by stamping, in a specific order based on priority, each of the plurality of protrusions on a same corresponding location on the substrate, and
provide the actuation instructions to control the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,365

HAND TEARABLE SHEETS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising a principal film, wherein:(a) the principal film comprises a first polymeric component comprising one or more polymers; and
(b) the principal film has: (1) first and second major faces; (2) a land portion wherein the principal film is capable of thermally-induced elastic recovery; and (3) one or more modification zones, each modification zone comprising a central portion and a rim portion surrounding the central portion and being surrounded by land portion, wherein the average thickness of each rim portion is greater than the average thickness of the land portion surrounding the modification zone, the average thickness of each central portion is less than the average thickness of the land portion surrounding the modification zone and is greater than zero, and wherein one or more segments of the principal film have a tear strength of about 100 gf/mil-thickness or less.

US Pat. No. 10,427,364

SMOOTHING OF A SURFACE OF AN ARTICLE FORMED FROM A PLASTIC

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for smoothing a surface of an article formed at least partially from a plastic, in particular a component of a motor vehicle, comprising:arranging the article in a vacuum-tight chamber;
reducing pressure in the chamber to a partial vacuum to at most 50 kPa;
admitting acetone into the chamber, wherein at least some of the acetone is vaporized and the acetone vapor is precipitated on a surface of the article;
allowing the precipitated acetone vapor to act on the article for at least 1 minute;
opening the chamber so that at least ambient pressure is in the chamber; and
removing the article from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,363

WIND TURBINE BLADE HAVING A LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making a wind turbine blade incorporating a lightning protection system, the method comprising:providing a wind turbine blade mould;
arranging a protruding element in the mould;
arranging an electrically conductive layer over the protruding element in the mould;
arranging one or more structural layers and/or structural components over the electrically conductive layer;
consolidating the layers under vacuum to form a blade shell having an integrated electrically conductive layer proximate an outer surface of the shell;
separating the protruding element from the blade shell to define a recess in the outer surface of the shell, with the electrically conductive layer extending into the recess;
providing an electrical component of the lightning protection system adjacent an inner surface of the shell; and
electrically connecting the electrically conductive layer to the electrical component via a connecting member;
wherein an end portion of the connecting member is housed in the recess such that a surface of the connecting member abuts the electrically conductive layer across an interface region inside the recess, and such that the end portion does not substantially protrude from the outer surface of the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,427,359

ANCHORING A JOINING ELEMENT IN AN OBJECT

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of anchoring a joining element in an object, the method comprising the steps of:providing a joining element, the joining element comprising an anchoring portion for in-depth anchoring in the object, and a head portion proximally of the anchoring portion, the head portion having a lateral outer surface with a well-defined structure, the lateral outer surface comprising at least one ridge or at least one groove or both, at least one ridge and at least one groove, the joining element comprising a thermoplastic material at least on a surface of the anchoring portion;
positioning the joining element relative to the object in a manner that the anchoring portion reaches into an opening of the object or is placed adjacent a mouth thereof; and
pressing the joining element towards a distal direction and at the same time coupling mechanical vibration energy into the joining element by a tool in an amount and for a time sufficient for liquefaction of a portion of the thermoplastic material to cause interpenetration of the thermoplastic material into structures of the object,
wherein the method comprises leaving the lateral outer surface of the head portion intact.

US Pat. No. 10,427,358

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A RIVET CONNECTION OF A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a rivet connection of a fiber composite component, comprising:positioning a first component which contains a fiber composite material in an overlap joint with a second component;
laser-drilling a shared through-hole at least through the fiber composite material of the first component by at least one of single-pulse drilling, percussion drilling, trepanning or spiral drilling;
forming at least one conical entry to the through-hole using a laser beam that is initially widened or defocused, and subsequently less widened or less defocused;
inserting a rivet into the through-hole; and
fixing the rivet to the first component and to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,324

SILICON CARBIDE INGOT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SILICON CARBIDE SUBSTRATE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A silicon carbide ingot comprising a first end surface and a second end surface opposite to the first end surface,the first end surface and the second end surface facing each other in a growth direction, the growth direction extending from the first end surface to the second end surface, a gradient of a nitrogen concentration in the growth direction being not less than 1×1016 cm?4 and not more than 1×1018 cm?4,
the first end surface being a (0001) plane, the second end surface being a (000-1) plane, the nitrogen concentration increasing along the growth direction from the first end surface to the second end surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,323

MIXING AND CONVEYING FACILITY FOR DRY BUILDING MATERIALS FROM A SUPPLY SILO

1. A mixing and conveying facility for dry building material, the facility comprising a first pipe (17), wherein said first pipe (17) is configured to receive dry building material from a supply silo (1), downstream which first pipe (17) a tempering and buffering container (10, 18) is arranged, such that said building material is processable into said tempering and buffering container (10, 18), said tempering and buffering container (10, 18) including a fitting (8) for adding water to the dry building material, and an inner, drivable stirrer, wherein said stirrer comprises a shaft (19, 12) from which a shovel means (20, 23) projects, and wherein the tempering and buffering container (10, 18) at the bottom runs out into a cone or channel, wherein the facility further comprises a second pipe (15) with a conveying screw (14) with its own drive (16) and a pumping hose (5), wherein the building material mixture processed in the tempering and buffering container (10, 18) is conveyable via said conveying screw (14) into said pumping hose (5) for application,characterized in that
the facility is configured for an arbitrarily settable mixing time of the quantity of building material to be conveyed out of the supply silo (1) in such a way that said second pipe (15) and said conveying screw (14) are arranged fittingly to the cone or channel of the said tempering and buffering container (10, 18) for co-acting upon interrupting the application process, in that the said conveying screw (14) in said second pipe (15) is operable in reverse mode such that said building material is constantly conveyed back and at the rear end is pressed upward-into said tempering and buffering container (10, 18), as there is otherwise no place for the said building material to escape.

US Pat. No. 10,427,288

HANDSAW

1. A handsaw comprising:a tooth blade rigidly fixed to a handle;
the handle comprising an elongated cavity;
the elongated cavity being capable of housing a marking pencil; and
a resilient bushing installed in an upper part of the elongated cavity in the handle, wherein an upper edge of the resilient bushing is bent outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,427,241

JOINT DESIGN FOR IMPROVED STRENGTH OF PLASTIC AND COMPOSITE JOINTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method comprising:providing an ultrasonic welding system comprising a press, a power supply, a controller, an ultrasonic stack comprising at least one transducer and at least one sonotrode; a first part comprising a first face; a second part comprising a second face; a stake; and at least one discrete energy director disposed between at least the first face and the second face;
assembling the first part and the second part wherein the first face abuts the second face and the at least one stake passes through a first through hole of the first part and a second through hole of the second part and mechanically mates the first part and the second part together;
supplying energy via the power supply to the at least one transducer and to the at least one sonotrode such that the first part and the second part are ultrasonically staked together and an ultrasonic weld is formed between the interface of the first face and the second face.

US Pat. No. 10,427,238

AUTOMATED WELDING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR FILING A VOLUME

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. An automated welding apparatus comprising:a welding device configured to move relative to a workpiece in order to perform a welding process;
a three-dimensional scanner configured to scan a joint interface of the workpiece and to determine a volume to be filled by the welding process; and
a controller connected to the three-dimensional scanner and the welding device, the controller configured to determine a number of passes required to fill the volume, a position of each of the number of passes and an order of each of the number of passes based on the volume determined by the three-dimensional scanner, the controller being configured to control the welding device so as to execute each of the number of passes by moving the welding device relative to the workpiece, wherein
the three-dimensional scanner is further configured to scan the joint interface of the workpiece after each of the number of passes to determine a remaining volume,
the controller is further configured to determine weld parameters of the current number of passes based on the remaining volume, and
after a completion of a final pass of the number of passes, the three-dimensional scanner is further configured to re-scan the joint interface of the workpiece, and in response to a determination that the weld is not complete, the controller and the three-dimensional scanner are configured to:
determine a new number of passes required to fill a new volume, a position of each of the new number of passes and an order of each of the new number of passes based on the volume determined by the three-dimensional scanner, the controller being configured to control the welding device so as to execute each of the new number of passes by moving the welding device relative to the workpiece,
scan the joint interface of the workpiece after each of the new number of passes to determine a remaining volume, and
determine weld parameters of the current new number of passes based on the remaining volume.

US Pat. No. 10,427,235

RESISTANCE WELDING A POROUS METAL LAYER TO A METAL SUBSTRATE

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method of manufacturing an orthopedic prosthesis comprising the steps of:providing a metal substrate;
providing a porous metal layer having a thickness;
positioning the porous metal layer against the metal substrate to form an interface between the porous metal layer and the metal substrate;
directly contacting the porous metal layer with a textured contacting surface integral with an electrode during welding, wherein the textured contacting surface of the electrode approximates surface features of the porous metal layer to be directly contacted by the electrode during welding; and
directing an electrical current to the interface between the porous metal layer and the metal substrate to resistance weld the porous metal layer to the metal substrate Ode maintaining the thickness of the porous metal layer, the current traveling from the electrode, through the porous metal layer, and toward the metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,138

METAL FERRITE CATALYST FOR CONVERSION OF CO2 AND METHANE TO SYNTHESIS GAS VIA REFORMING

U.S. Department of Energy...

1. A method of producing synthesis gas from methane comprising:providing a catalytic reactor containing a metal ferrite catalyst bed comprising MzFexOy, where 00 and 0 delivering one continuous gas stream containing methane comprising at least >1 vol. % of the one continuous gas stream into the catalytic reactor;
delivering another continuous gas stream containing carbon dioxide comprising at least >1 vol. % of the other continuous gas stream into the catalytic reactor;
maintaining the catalytic reactor at a reaction temperature, where the reaction temperature is sufficient for the reaction of methane and carbon dioxide, and generating a continuous stream of gaseous products containing H2 and CO gas; and
withdrawing a product stream from a fuel reactor, where the gaseous products comprise the product stream, and where at least >50 vol. % of the product stream consists of CO and H2.

US Pat. No. 10,427,110

CHEMICALLY AND UV CROSS-LINKED HIGH SELECTIVITY POLYIMIDE MEMBRANES FOR GAS SEPARATIONS

1. A polymer comprising a plurality of repeating units of formula (I):wherein X1 is selected from the group consisting ofand mixtures thereof; wherein X2 is selected from the group consisting ofand mixtures thereof; Y1 is selected from the group consisting ofand mixtures thereof; Y2 is selected from the group consisting ofand mixtures thereof, and —R1 is selected from the group consisting ofand mixtures thereof, and —R2 is selected from the group consisting of—CH3, —C2H5 and —R3 is selected from the group consisting ofand mixtures thereof; n and m are independent integers from 2 to 500; the molar ratio of n/m is in a range of 1:10 to 10:1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,098

METHOD FOR THE REMOVAL OF NITROGEN OXIDES FROM EXHAUST GAS BY SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION IN PRESENCE OF AN SCR CATALYST COMPRISING A FE-AEI ZEOLITHIC MATERIAL ESSENTIALLY FREE OF ALKALI METAL

1. A method for the removal of nitrogen oxides from exhaust, flue or off gas by selective catalytic reduction in presence of ammonia as a reductant, comprising the steps of contacting the exhaust gas together with the ammonia or a precursor thereof with an SCR catalyst comprising a Fe-AEI zeolite material essentially free of alkali metal ions (Alk), having the following molar compositions:SiO2:oAl2O3:pFe:qAlk
wherein o is in the range from 0.001 to 0.2;
wherein p is in the range from 0.001 to 0.2;
wherein Alk is one or more of alkali metal ions and wherein q is below 0.02.

US Pat. No. 10,427,093

CO2 RECOVERY APPARATUS AND CO2 RECOVERY PROCESS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A CO2 recovery apparatus comprising:a CO2 absorption tower that brings a gas to be treated containing CO2 into contact with a CO2 absorbing liquid and makes the CO2 absorbing liquid absorb CO2 contained in the gas to be treated;
a CO2 absorbing liquid regeneration tower that heats the CO2 absorbing liquid, which has absorbed CO2, with steam, releases CO2 from the CO2 absorbing liquid, and regenerates the CO2 absorbing liquid;
a flow rate measuring unit that measures the flow rates of the gas to be treated that is introduced into the CO2 absorption tower; and
a control unit that classifies the flow rates of the gas to be treated measured by the flow rate measuring unit into multiple flow rate ranges, and controls the flow rate of the CO2 absorbing liquid supplied to the CO2 absorption tower and the flow rate of steam supplied to the CO2 absorbing liquid regeneration tower, on the basis of set load values that are preset according to the multiple flow rate range classifications,
wherein the control unit keeps the set load values substantially constant within the flow rate ranges and thereby controls the flow rate of the CO2 absorbing liquid supplied to the CO2 absorption tower and the flow rate of the steam supplied to the CO2 absorbing liquid regeneration tower on the basis of the set load values that are present according to the respective flow rate range classifications.

US Pat. No. 10,427,091

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SWING ADSORPTION PROCESSES

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A process for removing contaminants from a gaseous feed stream with a swing adsorption process, the process comprising:a) performing a purge step, wherein the purge step comprises passing an external gas stream through an adsorbent bed unit to remove one or more contaminants from an adsorbent bed within a housing of the adsorbent bed unit to form a purge product stream;
b) performing one or more adsorption steps, wherein each of the one or more adsorption steps comprise passing a gaseous feed stream through an adsorbent bed unit having an adsorbent bed to separate one or more contaminants from the gaseous feed stream to form a product stream;
c) determining whether the product stream is within a specification for a contaminant;
d) if the product stream is within the specification, passing the product stream to a downstream process;
e) if the product stream is not within the specification, repeating the steps a) to d) for at least one additional cycle;wherein the process further comprises mixing a slip stream from the downstream process with the external gas stream prior to performing the purge step.

US Pat. No. 10,427,089

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SWING ADSORPTION PROCESSES

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A process for removing contaminants from a gaseous feed stream with a swing adsorption process, the process comprising:passing a gaseous feed stream to a swing adsorption process that comprises a plurality of adsorbent bed units, each of the adsorbent bed units performs a swing adsorption cycle that includes an adsorption step and a regeneration step; wherein the swing adsorption cycle comprises:
performing a first bed adsorption step for a first adsorbent bed unit of the plurality of adsorbent bed units that comprises passing a gaseous feed stream through the first adsorbent bed unit having a first adsorbent bed to separate one or more contaminants from the gaseous feed stream to form a first product stream; and
performing a second bed regeneration step for a second adsorbent bed unit of the plurality of adsorbent bed units that comprises passing at least a portion of the first product stream through the second adsorbent bed unit having a second adsorbent bed to separate one or more contaminants from the second adsorbent bed to form a first purge product stream;
wherein the process further comprises mixing a slip stream from a downstream process with the at least a portion of the first product stream prior to performing the second bed regeneration step and adjusting the amount of the at least a portion of the first product stream utilized in the second bed regeneration step based on the amount of the slip stream from the downstream process.

US Pat. No. 10,427,088

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SWING ADSORPTION PROCESSES RELATED THERETO

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A cyclical swing adsorbent bed unit for removing contaminants from a gaseous feed stream, the adsorbent bed unit comprising:a housing forming an interior region, the housing including a body portion secured between a first head and a second head;
an adsorbent bed disposed within the interior region;
a plurality of first valves secured to the housing, wherein each of the plurality of first valves is configured to control fluid flow along a flow path extending from a location external to the housing through a conduit and to the adsorbent bed, wherein each of the plurality of first valves has a valve cross sectional area disposed outside of an interface cross sectional area of the adsorbent bed;
wherein the plurality of first valves are poppet valves; the adsorbent bed is comprised of an adsorbent material supported on a non-adsorbent support, such support containing substantially parallel flow channels; and the adsorbent bed may be removed and replaced by access to the interior region which is achieved by removing the first head without removing the plurality of first valves from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,085

CLEANING ROBOT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a display configured to display information related to operations of the cleaning robot;
a dust suction port;
a main body configured to removably accommodate a dust collecting box or an air cleaning box, wherein the dust collecting box is separably coupled with the main body and configured to collect dust introduced through the dust suction port, and wherein the air cleaning box is configured to purify air introduced into the main body and discharge the purified air; and
a controller configured to recognize which of the dust collecting box and the air cleaning box has been installed in the main body, and to control the cleaning robot to enter a dust collecting mode in response to recognizing that the dust collecting box has been installed, and to enter an air cleaning mode in response to recognizing that the air cleaning box has been installed,
wherein the dust collecting box has a dust introduction hole connected with a passage which the dust introduced through the dust suction port is transferred, and
wherein the air cleaning box has a plurality of holes which introduces the air from outside and blocks the passage which the dust introduced through the dust suction port is transferred.

US Pat. No. 10,427,084

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO COMBINE A FILTER SYSTEM WITH A FREEZE DRYER TO FILTER CONTAMINATION OF A VACUUM PUMP

1. A method for filtering an oil composition in a vacuum pump used with a freeze dryer, the method comprising:switching to a freeze dry mode position on a rotary switch,
evacuating, with a vacuum pump, pressure from a freeze dryer containing a frozen medium through a vacuum hose, the vacuum pump comprising a reservoir containing an oil, whereby the frozen medium sublimates from a solid to a sublimated gas, whereby excess sublimated gas migrates from the freeze dryer into the oil in the vacuum pump to form a particulate gas and water vapor mixed with the oil and trapped in the vacuum pump; monitoring through a reservoir sight glass, a predetermined level of the oil composition in the reservoir of the vacuum pump;
waiting a predetermined time for the vacuum pump to cool;
opening an oil flow control valve;
circulating the oil throughout the vacuum pump, whereby the pressure generated by the vacuum pump enables flowage of the oil;
at least partially collecting condensation and water vapor that evaporates from the oil through an exhaust hose;
at least partially collecting, in a sedimentary filter, rust, particulates, and water from the oil;
at least partially collecting, in a coalescing filter, water vapor and the particulate gas;
coalescing, in the coalescing filter, the water vapor, and the particulate gas into oil, water, and particulates, whereby the particulates in the particulate gas are at least partially separated from the gas;
separating, in the coalescing filter, the oil from the water and the particulates, whereby the oil is rejuvenated;
injecting clean air through a vent and an exhaust hose into the rejuvenated oil;
at least partially collecting, in the sedimentary filter, water from the rejuvenated oil;
allowing the oil to move to a clean oil storage section of the sedimentary filter;
switching from freeze dry mode position to exchange mode position;
exchanging hot oil with cool filtered oil and creating exchanged oil;
mixing air with exchanged oil using a final filter;
waiting a pre-determined amount of time;
switching the rotary switch position from exchange mode position to freeze dry mode position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,083

AIR FILTER ARRANGEMENT; ASSEMBLY; AND METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. An air cleaner assembly comprising:(a) a housing defining an interior and comprising separable first and second housing sections;
(i) the first section comprising an inlet section including an air flow inlet therein;
(ii) the second section comprising an outlet section having an air flow outlet therein;
(iii) the housing having a first housing cross-sectional dimension that is no more than 50% of a second cross-sectional dimension taken perpendicular to the first housing cross-sectional dimension; and,
(b) a serviceable filter cartridge removably mounted within the housing interior; the serviceable filter cartridge comprising:
(i) a media pack comprising fluted media secured to facing media and configured to define opposite inlet and outlet flow faces;
(A) the media pack being configured so that air cannot pass into one face and out from the other flow face without filtering flow through the filter media;
(ii) a housing seal arrangement including a housing seal member non-removably positioned in extension around the media pack; and,
(iii) the air filter cartridge including a first pair of first and second, opposite, sides;
(iv) a first member of a projection/receiver arrangement non-removably positioned on the first side of the first pair of first and second opposite sides of the air filter cartridge and oriented for receipt therein of a second member of a projection/receiver arrangement positioned in an air cleaner housing, in use;
(A) the first member of a projection/receiver arrangement comprising a receiver having opposite receiver sides that define a receiver space therebetween; the receiver space being open toward the outlet flow face and being closed by respective ones of the opposite receiver sides, along opposite sides of the receiver space, in a direction toward opposite portions of the media pack between the first pair of first and second, opposite, sides; and
(B) the opposite receiver sides diverge from one another, along opposite sides of the receiver space, in a direction of extension toward the outlet flow face at an angle within a range of 25°-60°, inclusive;
(c) the housing including a second member of the projection/receiver arrangement thereon;
the second member comprising a projection member projecting into the receiver space of the receiver on the cartridge; and,
(d) the housing seal member is positioned between the first and second housing sections.

US Pat. No. 10,427,082

FILTER SYSTEMS, ELEMENTS AND METHODS WITH SHORT-RANGE WIRELESS TRACKING FEATURES

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filtration system comprising:a housing comprising a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, the housing defining an internal volume;
a first filter element configured to be removably disposed within the housing;
a short-range wireless communication tag associated with the first filter element;
a short-range wireless communication reader associated with the housing, the reader configured to wirelessly send data to and receive data from the short-range wireless communication tag when the short-range wireless communication reader and the short-range wireless communication tag are at a distance that is less than or equal to a maximum communication distance;
wherein removal of the first filter element from the housing causes movement of the short-range wireless communication tag away from the short-range wireless communication reader by an amount that causes the distance between the short-range wireless communication tag and the short-range wireless communication reader to exceed the maximum communication distance; and
a system controller, the system controller configured to receive electrical signals from the short-range wireless communication reader, the system controller configured to identify patterns in the electrical signals received from the short-range wireless communication reader;
the system controller configured to identify ON-OFF-ON patterns in the electrical signals received from the short-range wireless communication reader; wherein detection of an ON-OFF-ON pattern is counted as a filter element removal or a filter reinstallation event; wherein the OFF phase of the pattern corresponds to periods of no communication between the short-range wireless communication tag and the short-range wireless communication reader and the ON phase of the pattern corresponds to periods of communication between the short-range wireless communication tag and the short-range wireless communication reader.

US Pat. No. 10,427,081

DRUM VENT FILTER WITH PRESSURE INDICATOR/STOP ASSEMBLY

17. A method of venting and separating contaminants from a propellant, the steps comprising:mounting a filter cartridge on a storage container that contains propellant;
diffusing said propellant with a diffusion member;
filtering upwardly travelling vapors with an adsorption member; and
indicating the pressure status of said storage container with a pressure indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,078

FILTER ELEMENT AND SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter element comprising:pleated filter media defining an elongate tubular structure having an inner passageway, the pleated filter media having outer pleat folds and inner pleat folds each extending from a first end to a second end of the elongate tubular structure;
no more than one elongate brace disposed in the inner passageway, wherein the elongate brace extends between the first end and the second end; and
a plurality of support ribs coupled to the elongate brace, wherein each support rib has a connector defining an interference-fit with the elongate brace, wherein each support rib partially defines the inner passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,427,075

DEBRIS STRAINER FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE COOLING FLOW

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:engine static structure providing a flow path;
a turbine section that provides a secondary flow path corresponding the flow path, the secondary flow path is provided between a case structure and a vane and a blade outer air seal, wherein the vane includes an aft rail, and a seal is provided between the vane support and the aft rail to provide a first cavity;
a metering hole provided in the engine static structure; and
a strainer arranged over the metering hole, the strainer including multiple holes having a total area that is greater than a metering hole area, wherein a second seal is provided between the aft rail and a blade outer air seal support to which the blade outer air seal is mounted, a second cavity is provided between the case structure and the first and second seals, the strainer is fluidly arranged between the first and second cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,427,074

ELECTROFILTRATION APPARATUS AND PROCESS

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. An electrostatic separator, comprising:a vessel containing a plurality of dielectric elements arranged as a bed; wherein the elements are coated with a water spreading resistant material, comprising one of siloxanes, fluorocarbon, and polystyrene and having a water contact angle on a flat surface of 75°-120°; and
an electrode for applying an electric potential gradient across said bed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,073

ROTARY PRESSURE FILTER APPARATUS WITH REDUCED PRESSURE FLUCTUATIONS

BP Corporation North Amer...

1. A rotary pressure filter apparatus comprising:a housing capable of withstanding an internal pressure above ambient;
a rotary drum having at least one round cross-section and configured to rotate inside the housing around an axis, a length of the axis defining a longitudinal direction; the rotary drum being spaced from the housing to define a annular plenum therebetween;
at least one sealing member configured to contact the rotary drum, each sealing member separating the annular plenum between the housing and the rotary drum into zones, the sealing members adapted to pressure seal each zone from the other zones, the sealing member extending in a tangential direction and in the longitudinal direction, the sealing member having at least one cutout portion such that the size of the at least one cutout portion in the tangential direction is variable along at least one portion of the longitudinal direction;
at least one material passageway adapted to allow passage of material between the annular plenum in each zone and a location outside the housing;
a plurality of compartments on an outer surface of the rotary drum and configured such that material can be flow between the plenum and the compartments, the compartments positioned so as to rotate sequentially through each of the zones as the rotary drum rotates, each compartment having at least one filter member; and
at least one filtrate outlet in fluid communication with the at least one filter member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,071

SKIMMING APPARATUS

1. A tensioned scraping apparatus, comprising:a first half having a first end and a second end, and defining a first section of an adjustable interior aperture between the first end and the second end, and wherein the first end of the first half is substantially opposite the second end of the first half;
a second half having a first end and a second end, and defining a second section of an adjustable interior aperture between the first end and the second end, and wherein the first end of the second half is substantially opposite the second end of the second half;
a hinge connecting the first end of the first half and the second end of the second halve so that the first and second halves may be joined such that the first section and the second section form the adjustable interior aperture; and
a tensioned adjuster connected to the second end of the first half and the second end of the second half and that causes the respective second ends to be pulled towards each other, thereby causing the first half and the second half to be pulled towards each other;
wherein when the tension scraping apparatus is attached to a belting having a diameter that is greater than a diameter of the adjustable interior aperture when the tensioned scraper is not attached to the belting:
the adjustable interior aperture is tensioned matched to diameter of the belting; and
during actuation of a drive mechanism that pulls the belting, the tensioned adjuster allows for the adjustable interior aperture to adjust to match variations of the diameter of the belting.

US Pat. No. 10,427,070

TRIPLE LAYER NON-PLUGGING SCREEN

1. A screen for use with a vibrating screening machine to filter particles from a liquid, the screen comprising:an upper filtering layer comprising warp and shute wires defining an array of small openings therebetween, said warp wires in said upper filtering layer being organized in bundles;
a lower strengthening layer defining an array of large openings therethrough; and
an anti-plugging layer comprising warp and shute wires defining an array of openings therebetween, said anti-plugging layer being sandwiched between said upper filtering and lower strengthening layers, at least one of said warp wires and said shute wires of said anti-plugging layer obstructing at least some of the openings in said filtering layer to prevent entrapment of particles in said obstructed openings of said filtering layer wherein said warp wires in said upper filtering layer are organized in bundles.

US Pat. No. 10,427,065

BUILDING BLOCKS WITH LIGHTS FOR GUIDED ASSEMBLY

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for assembling a set of connectable building blocks, the system comprising:a processor and machine-readable media coupled to the processor, the machine-readable media comprising instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the system to:
access, from wireless communication elements in each block of the set of blocks, general information regarding the set of blocks and specific information regarding at least one block of the set that is placed on a conducting mat and each block of the set that is connected to the at least one block on the conducting mat;
based on the general information and the specific information, access structural information regarding physical structures for assembly using the set of blocks;
receive a selection of one of the structures and generate a process for building the selected structure using the set of blocks, the process based on the general and specific information and the structural information associated with the selected structure; and
cause a lighting element of the at least one block or one of the blocks to which it is connected to blink based on the process and cause a lighting element of at least one block of the set that is not connected to any other block of the set to blink based on the process,
wherein the general information comprises a number of blocks of the set that is of a specific shape and a number of the blocks of the set of each specific shape that is of a specific color,
wherein the specific information comprises at least one of: an assigned identification number, assigned identification numbers of the blocks to which it is connected, a position with respect to the conducting mat and the building blocks to which it is connected, a shape, or a color,
wherein the specific information is stored in a respective memory of each block of the set, and wherein the machine-readable media further comprises instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the system to determine the general information regarding the set of blocks based on the specific information of each block of the set, and
wherein each block of the set includes sound, light, or proximity sensors, and wherein the specific information for a block of the set is not accessed based on the sound or light sensors detecting sound or light below respective sound or light threshold values or the proximity sensor not detecting any objects within a threshold distance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,063

METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF A PLASTICS PRODUCT AND A PRODUCT MADE BY THE METHOD

1. A method for the manufacture of a plastics product:wherein the plastics product comprises a first and a second component that are both manufactured completely or partially from moulding plastics, and in which the first component is manufactured by injection moulding in a mould and includes a first mounting surface, and in which the second component is made by a 3D-printing process in which it is built in a layer-by-layer fashion and includes a second mounting surface; and
wherein the first component is ready-moulded and ejected from the mould and then subsequently configured to be permanently joined to the second component to form the plastics product wherein the first component is manufactured first, following which the second component is manufactured by 3D-printing a first layer of material formed in the 3D-printing process of manufacturing the second component directly on the first mounting surface of the ready-moulded first component such that the second mounting surface is shaped to conform to the first mounting surface of the first component;
such that the first component and the second component are secured to each other in such a way that the first mounting surface and the second mounting surface directly abut one another, and wherein the first mounting surface of the first component is configured on a plate-shaped part of the first component; and
wherein one or more flanges extend at an angle from the plate-shaped part on a side of the first mounting surface opposite the plate-shaped part, said flanges extending beyond an outer periphery of the plate-shaped part of the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,059

RIDE SYSTEM: MOTION BASE ON A TURNTABLE/SEGMENTED TURNTABLE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. An rotating indexed turntable comprising:a looped track comprising an inner rail and an outer rail;
a plurality of adjacent turntable wagons linked together in a closed chain and movingly coupled to the looped track, wherein each of the turntable wagons are independently propelled along the looped track, each of the plurality of turntable wagons comprising:
an inner portion having a first length;
an outer portion having a second length, wherein the second length is greater than the first length;
a plurality of outer motion features movingly coupled to the outer rail of the looped track; and
at least one inner motion feature movingly coupled to the inner rail of the looped track.

US Pat. No. 10,427,055

GAME VIDEO DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, GAME VIDEO DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND GAME VIDEO DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A game video distribution device comprising: a processor, a non-transient computer readable storage medium, and a computer program contained within the non-transient computer readable storage medium, wherein the computer program, when executed by the processor, causes the game video distribution device to:generate a game video selected by a user;
acquire related information in which scene identification information identifying individual scenes included in the game video is related to time information representing a time period during which each of the scenes is reproduced;
generate related display information identifiably displaying a temporal location of each of the scenes relative to an entire time span of the game video in accordance with the related information;
acquire setting information about the generation of the game video, the setting information including: (i) a major scene setting, (ii) a spoiler scene setting, (iii) one or more plays during gameplay that failed to advance from one scene to another, and (iv) any scenes of the gameplay yet to be cleared by the user, wherein the generation of the game video also automatically modifies, on the basis of the setting information, a base version of the game video to omit at least some scenes therefrom in order to generate the game video; and
generate a composite of the generated game video and the related display information.

US Pat. No. 10,427,053

FANTASY GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLAYER SELECTION AND SCORING

1. A fantasy sports game device comprising:a memory configured to store a set of instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the set of instructions, the set of instructions comprising:
providing a first list of available players to each user,
wherein each user selects a first fantasy lineup, and
wherein selection of a player by a first user does not preclude a second user from also selecting the player;
receiving the first fantasy lineup for each user for a fantasy team from each user, the fantasy lineup comprising one or more players selected from the first list of available players;
providing a subsequent list of available players to each user at the end of a predetermined period of time, wherein the subsequent list of available players for an individual user does not include players from the received first fantasy lineup of the individual user;
receiving a subsequent fantasy lineup for the fantasy team from each user, the fantasy lineup comprising one or more players selected from the subsequent list of available players,
wherein none of the players of the first fantasy lineup for the individual user is included in any subsequent fantasy lineup of the individual user; and
determining a winner at the end of at least one of a first predetermined period of time or a second predetermined period of time, wherein a server sends winner information to a terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,049

GAME SYSTEM AND GAME APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE E...

1. A game apparatus that performs a first communication and a second communication with another game apparatus, the second communication being established after the first communication ends, the game apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a game program including a communication play program to perform a communication play with the another game apparatus;
a transmitter that transmits the communication play program stored in the memory to the another game apparatus, which does not have a game storage medium that contains the game program when the first communication is established;
a receiver that receives identification information from the another game apparatus to specify the another game apparatus in the first communication; and
a processor that performs a game in the first communication, according to the communication play program,
wherein the memory associates benefit information that offers a benefit during performing the game in the another game apparatus with the identification information of the another game apparatus received by the receiver and stores the benefit information in association with the identification information, according to a performance result of the game by the processor, before the first communication ends,
the receiver receives the identification information from the another game apparatus, when the second communication with the another game apparatus is established when the another game apparatus has the game storage medium that contains the game program, after the communication play of the first communication ends,
the transmitter transmits data related to the benefit information, which is stored in the memory and is associated with the identification information received by the receiver, to the another game apparatus in the second communication, the benefit in the transmitted benefit information being used during performing the game in the second communication,
after the first communication ends and before the second communication starts, the another game apparatus obtains the game storage medium containing the game program,
the game apparatus determines whether or not non-transmitted benefit information is contained in the benefit information stored in the memory, the benefit information is stored according to the performance result of the game in the first communication between the game apparatus and the another game apparatus, the benefit offered by the benefit information is one of a virtual currency, an item, experience points, an event map, and an event object, and the transmitter transmits data related to the non-transmitted benefit information in the second communication when it is determined that the non-transmitted benefit information is contained in the benefit information stored in the memory, and
when the data related to the non-transmitted benefit information is transmitted, the non-transmitted benefit information is erased from the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,427,047

IDENTIFYING PLAYER ENGAGEMENT TO GENERATE CONTEXTUAL GAME PLAY ASSISTANCE

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A system for engagement-based contextual game play assistance, the system comprising:a first party platform device that obtains gameplay data regarding a user that is currently participating in an in-game event within an identified game, and wherein the gameplay data indicates repeated failure in the in-game event;
an assistance server that stores assistance information associated with one or more games, the stored assistance information for the identified game including different assistance information for different performance levels associated with the in-game event; and
a performance server that:
receives the gameplay data from the first party platform device,
identifies a user performance level by comparing the received gameplay data to one or more pre-determined thresholds corresponding to the different performance levels,
instructs the assistance server to provide the assistance information identified as corresponding to the identified user performance level,
monitors subsequent gameplay data regarding the user from the first party platform device, wherein the subsequent gameplay data indicates that the user has overcome the in-game event after the assistance information was provided,
identifies a subsequent user performance level from the subsequent gameplay data, and
modifies a user profile associated with the user, the user profile storing a performance level trend that is modified to include the subsequent user performance level after the assistance information was provided.

US Pat. No. 10,427,045

MULTI-VIEW (MV) DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUEST EXPERIENCES, CHALLENGES, SCAVENGER HUNTS, TREASURE HUNTS AND ALTERNATE REALITY GAMES

Misapplied Sciences, Inc....

1. A multi-view display (MVD) quest system comprising:a first multi-view (MV) display including one or more MV pixels, wherein each one of the one or more MV pixels is configured to emit multiple beamlets in different directions in a beamlet coordinate system;
an input node which, in operation, receives a first attribute of a first quest player or of a first viewing zone;
a system controller, coupled to the first MV display and the input node, which, in operation:
defines the first viewing zone located relative to the first MV display in a viewing zone coordinate system;
determines a mapping that translates between the viewing zone coordinate system and the beamlet coordinate system;
associates a first quest related content with the first viewing zone based at least on the first attribute;
for a first image generated from the first quest related content, using the mapping, identifies a first bundle of beamlets from the one or more MV pixels of the first MV display directed to the first viewing zone to form the first image; and
outputs first control signaling for the one or more MV pixels, the first control signaling defining color and brightness of each of the beamlets in the first bundle to project the first image to the first viewing zone.

US Pat. No. 10,427,042

PLAYER BIOFEEDBACK FOR DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLING A VIDEO GAME STATE

Valve Corporation, Belle...

21. A video game device, comprising:one or more physical biofeedback sensors;
a processor; and
memory in communication with the processor useable in storing data and machine instructions that causes the processor to perform actions, the actions including:
receiving, from the one or more physical biofeedback sensors, biofeedback measures for the video game player while the video game player is playing a video game that provides a user interface that provides functionality for the video game;
analyzing the received biofeedback measures to make at least one inference about the state of arousal of the video game player;
generating a minimum threshold for the state of arousal for the particular video game player and a maximum threshold for the state of arousal for the video game player based on at least one of: historical biofeedback measures for the video game player, the current video game play for the video game player, or historical biofeedback measures for a plurality of video game players;
comparing the inferred state of arousal of the video game player to the minimum threshold or the maximum threshold; and
modifying the user interface based on the comparison between the inferred state of arousal and the minimum threshold or the maximum threshold, wherein modifying the user interface comprises modifying the user interface to dynamically adjust presentation of a game play instruction or a tutorial by skipping, slowing down, or speeding up the presentation of the game play instruction or tutorial responsive to the comparison of the state of arousal of the video game player to the minimum threshold or the maximum threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,039

HAPTIC SURROUND FUNCTIONALITY

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to provide haptic surround functionality for implementation in a virtual environment, the providing comprising:tracking a first sensed location of a first haptic output device and a second sensed location of a second haptic output device according to a position sensing system including one or more remote sensors;
assigning the first haptic output device to a first body area of a user according to the first sensed location of the first haptic output device;
assigning the second haptic output device to a second body area of the user according to the second sensed location of the second haptic output device;
determining a location of a virtual event in the virtual environment;
determining a location of a first virtual body area of a virtual user in the virtual environment based on a location of the first body area of the user, wherein the first body area corresponds to the first virtual body area;
determining a location of a second virtual body area of the virtual user in the virtual environment based on a location of the second body area of the user, wherein the second virtual body area corresponds to the second body area of the user;
determining a first haptic effect based on the location of the virtual event in the virtual environment with respect to the location of the first virtual body area of the virtual user in the virtual environment;
determining a second haptic effect based on the location of the virtual event in the virtual environment with respect to the location of the second virtual body area of the virtual user in the virtual environment, wherein the second haptic effect is different than the first haptic effect based on the relative locations of the first and second virtual body areas with respect to the location of the virtual event;
outputting the first haptic effect by the first haptic output device to the first body area of the user; and
outputting the second haptic effect by the second haptic output device to the second body area of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,427,037

VIDEO GAME CONTROLLER

Performance Designed Prod...

1. A video game controller, comprising:a controller body having a top surface and a bottom surface and a pair of handles, each of the pair of handles having an opening defined on the top surface that is aligned with a compartment in each of the pair of handles, the compartment being accessible through the opening on the top surface and configured to removably receive a vibration motor through the opening on the top surface;
a first plurality of control inputs that protrude from and are movable relative to a front portion of the controller body, and a second plurality of control inputs removably mounted on the controller body through the top surface to releasably connect with electronics disposed within the controller body below the top surface of the controller body, the top surface facing in a different direction than the front portion, each of the first and second plurality of control inputs operable to control one or more operations of the video game controller; and
a face plate having a plurality of openings and being removably coupleable to the controller body over at least a portion of the top surface so that the second plurality of control inputs extend through the plurality of openings in the face plate, at least one of the plurality of openings in the face plate having a cross shape,
wherein one or more of the second plurality of control inputs are removable and replaceable by decoupling the face plate from the controller body and decoupling said one or more of the second plurality of control inputs from the controller body without disassembling the controller body.

US Pat. No. 10,427,035

GAME CONTROLLER WITH REMOVABLE TRIGGER ACCESSORY

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A game controller, comprising:a trigger-activation sensor;
a sensor-activation feature moveable relative to the trigger-activation sensor, wherein the trigger-activation sensor outputs a control signal based on a relative position of the sensor-activation feature and the trigger-activation sensor; and
a mounting platform including a trigger-retention feature configured to removably affix a selected removable trigger accessory to the mounting platform, the selected removable trigger accessory being one of a plurality of differently configured removable trigger accessories removably affixable to the mounting platform, the selected removable trigger accessory configured to change the relative position of the sensor-activation feature and the trigger-activation sensor based on finger manipulation of the selected removable trigger accessory when the selected removable trigger accessory is removably affixed to the mounting platform, and the mounting platform being configured to move with the selected removable trigger accessory responsive to finger manipulation of the selected removable trigger accessory when the selected removable trigger accessory is affixed to the mounting platform.